Musings of a Chicago-Born New Yorker

Blogging For Etiquette

Seeing as how I use words like “Gooder” and “Goodest” in my posts, maybe I shouldn’t be talking so much about etiquette. But then again, I actually know they’re not words, I’m just focusing on how the suffix alters the meaning of the words to suit what I’m trying to say.

I’m always fussing at my kids (that I work with at church) not to chew with their mouths open. And, um, also my mother and fiancé as well. A surprisingly large number of people in my life chew with their mouths open. Well, it surprises me because it really annoys the hell out of me. But I’m getting off topic.

My friend is starting an etiquette class. It reminds me of this great idea my mother, my best friend, and her mother had years ago but we never really got off the ground. It teaches young women things they should know, but maybe never were taught. Things like: 1)what a 401K is, 2)how to set a table, 3)which 5 doctors you should see once a year.

If you already know those three things, good for you. If you don’t know any of them, let me know and I will give you the information for her class. This class is in Chicago and is a great was to give back to people. Hopefully, she will be producing a slew of women with greater knowledge of how to carry themselves like ladies and a great deal more confidence and self-respect.

She has asked me for help with the classes. Luckily, my work schedule allows for me to attend the first session. I’m so excited since this is very similar to a plan my mother and I had, along with my best friend and her mother years ago. I’m also helping her with her blog for the class. I’m looking forward to that part.

She and I have very similar backgrounds, so I didn’t think there would be much I could do to help, but she’s not familiar with blogging. I immediately offered to maintain the blog for her. I’m so happy she’s letting me. Once we get everything up and running, I’ll link to the blog and the website, so I can see what you all think.

Do you do anything to give back to your community? I’d love to hear about any projects anyone has underway.

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