Many times in this blog I’ve written that etiquette isn’t about the knife and fork; it’s about the way we treat other people. Most people get it. Some don’t.
When I was ten years old my family took our first return vacation to England. Of course we had to see the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace. We arrived very early (thank you Mum and Dad for my early arrival compulsiveness!) and were standing directly in front of the black iron gates. I did what most kids do – I stepped up onto the two foot high concrete base of the fence. Within seconds I heard my mother, “No Love. You’re already in the front. Think of those behind you.”
A woman I knew many years ago attended a concert lecture series on her half-day off. Several of the women attending liked to knit during the combination concert and lecture. One day she told us that the conductor relayed that he had received several complaints that the clicking of knitting needles was distracting and interfering with the enjoyment of the series by some of the other attendees. He asked that they stop knitting in his series. Her statement to us: “I like knitting during this concert/lecture; my needles don’t make a noise and I’m not stopping.”
Most people get it Some don’t.