Monday, April 22, 2013

Personal Habits

In the May 2013 issue of Good Housekeeping magazine, I was shocked to read that the director of the Emily Post Institute, Peggy Post, had stated that is was acceptable to apply lipstick at a public dinner table.  My sense of civility is appalled that those who are supposed to be leading us down the path towards gentle and polite man and womanhood are now shrugging off these minor lapses in etiquette as perfectly alright.  What's next flossing your teeth in public?  There is nothing morally wrong with either and both can be a part of good grooming, so why not?  The fact that "everyone is doing it" does not make it appropriate.  Times may have changed, but truly good manners have not.  Personal grooming habits should be just that - personal.  Please do not floss your teeth, comb your hair, apply makeup or clip your nails in public view.  I'll be watching.... :)