Saturday, January 30, 2010

Grace; How Sweet the Sound!

I’ve enjoyed your comments this week on the post on mentors, mothers and manners, and I’ve noticed there doesn’t seem to be a disparity in regions when it comes to the basics of etiquette. I would venture to say my observation applies at least to the western hemisphere. No doubt our eastern hemisphere counterparts share concepts of courtesy and polite behavior, but cultural differences are certainly significant.

I have to share one more thing that came to my mind about my mother and her concern for the social graces. Whenever I began to talk about a new friend, my mom would ask, “Are they from a good family?” I used to get my back up about that, but I’ve come to the realization that my mom was referring to families where at least one parent is present and committed to imparting the essential lessons to their children. Her question and concern were valid, but I still chuckle at that question.

I’ll conclude this discussion with the consideration of one my favorite words in the English language: grace. Oh grace, how I love thee. Let me count the ways:

I told you I love books.... I can even get encouraged reading the dictionary. ; )


Protege said...

I had no idea there were so many meanings to the words *Grace*.:)
I guess it is also a female name as well. And a beautiful one too.;)
Have a lovely Sunday,

Michelle said...

We gave our fourth daughter the middle name Grace...I wanted to be sure at least one of my offspring had some grace! haha

Michelle (aka: Fuschia)
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Pinkshoelady said...

I love books too!
I loved the def. of Grace.
It is one of my favorite words too.

Especially as it relates to God's Grace!

Hey, I have a visual mystery contest going on over at my blog this week. Wanna come see?

Love ya my friend

Anonymous said...

The Oxford English Dictionary allows you to study the history of a word from its entrance into language and through its evolution into current day usage - can you guess? I LOVE IT!

I remember the priest coming in to teach us in 3rd grade (Catholic School) and he asked us to define "grace." So I did - ballet style. He then commenced to make me feel 2 inches tall - not very grace-full!

Families filled with virtues, regardless of circumstances, are always "good families" - just as you said!

BTW, thank you for your kind words of encouragement last week!They were a blessing:)