Friday, January 20, 2012

Miss Manners

While it may not appear that she is concerned about "manners" as she eats naked (a usual occurrence when we are home alone), but don't be fooled.  This gal is very concerned about how we treat our guests, who we serve a meal, and minding our p's and q's.

This weekend we had the honor of getting to spend time with the Brunel's.  As many of you know, Keely has been one of my best friends since 3rd grade - she's the reason I was in Colorado at that beautiful wedding in October (see those pics on her photographers blog again here).  Her mom, dad, she and her new hubby Tom were in town for another mutual friend, Jen Chrisman's (now Jen Campbell) wedding at the Gallatin Gateway Inn.

We had a great time and it was oh so lovely to see she and Rob get married!

And now the manners portion of this story:  Mom and Jim had dinner at their house for Pete and Diana  (Keely's parents).  We had a lovely dinner and Matine was quite well behaved for a two year old, even asking questions occasionally to our guests and eating her food.   Earlier in the day, she and Nona had made a red velvet cake and she was very excited to serve it after dinner.  As soon as everyone was done eating she asked if we could eat the cake, looked at Nona and says, "we need clean plates and forks for dessert!"

Now, we haven't sat down and read her Emily Post yet, I guess she has just paid attention to us doing that at other dinner parties.  We laughed so hard!  As she was eating her cake, she kept saying to me, "oh mom, this is so good."  She then, just like an adult, points her fork at the cake and shakes her head declaring, "mom, it's so good, we really need to take some of this home."

The next morning, the Brunel's came up to our house to see the place and visit before they went on an excursion with Nona and JimPa.  Mattie very nicely led them from room to room, giving them the tour of the house, and after we got to her room, she looks up at me and says, "Mom, you haven't taken their coats!"   Sure enough, I had not offered to take their coats yet, and I was reminded of my rudeness!

Oh my!  I think for her birthday in May she needs an Emily Post book for children.  Come to think of it, maybe we will just skip the kids version and give her the real thing.

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