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Because You Are Polite

by Ginger Philbrick

A few weeks ago, I shared a few thank-you notes I received from our Cotillion students in response to giving them one of my books.

At the final Cotillion, I received a few more and I thought you who appreciate such would enjoy them. The gift I gave them is not the important thing. There was nothing really out of the ordinary about it. 

What is important is their desire and effort to give back something that pleased me in return for what I gave them. Here are their messages:

Dear Miss Ginger,

Thank you for the amazing book you wrote for all of us at Cotillion. I love your book because it not only teaches about table manners but the pictures in the book make it interesting and fun to read! After I apply this to my manners, I will pass the book down to my younger family so that they can learn too! I hope that you can write more books like this.



Dear Ms. Philbrick,

Thank you for the book. It’s an easy read and will be helpful for the holidays. I set the table, and this will remind me how to place the silver.

Also, thank you for teaching me proper etiquette.



Dear Mrs. Philbrick,

Thank you for the book entitled Because You Are Polite at the Dinner Table. I look forward to using these manners at forthcoming events.



Dear Mrs. Philbrick,

Thank you for the book. I will be sure to use it wisely and put it to good use at the dinner table. I hope to come to Cotillion for many months to come and see you there.

Again thank you for a wonderful gift.



And this honest response from a younger child to whom I gave the book, with a linen napkin attached:

Dear Ginger,

Thank you very much for the book and napkin. I will try to use them.



Ginger Philbrick is the owner of Because You Are Polite LLC. You are invited to email your manners questions to her and she will respond as time and space allow. You may contact her at [email protected].

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