It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Gentility

Arthur, who is three, will be joining our days soon. Today he accompanied us to the park as a taster of things to come. During snack, being the good role model I am, I offered Arthur some apple slices.

“No, thank you…” he says. Cheerfully calm tones, small smile, steady eye contact. All this is highly impressive for a three year old. I am delighted by his demeanour, and hasten to tell him so.

“Well, that was very polite, Arthur,” I respond – oh, but I’m interrupting him –

“…but thank you for offering!” he finishes. Not mere manners: this boy is positively courtly.

Should I curtsey?

June 13, 2005 Posted by | Developmental stuff, individuality, manners, socializing, the cuteness! | 9 Comments