I must be showing my age. I thought manners were taught in childhood. I still address some people as Mr or Mrs even though I’ve known them all my life. It’s the fact that they are older than me that I address them this way.
A few years back when I was working in retail, I noticed that the younger girls would address senior customers by their first names. It not only felt weird, it felt wrong.
You would think that manners would be encouraged in the home and school, and that children were taught to respect their elders. Sadly, this is not always the case.
While it is good to see confident young people, it is even better if they have manners. Someone once told me that respect has to be earned. I disagree. I think respect has to be learnt.
And though my young adult children have achieved many things in their lives, the greatest compliment for me was being told of their good manners.