Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Manners ~ An Almost Lost Art

Me and Devon in San Atonio, TX

Devon and I went to Subway yesterday. I was being lazy and was craving a ham sub on 9 grain wheat bread. I have a bit of a weakness for their Southwest Chipotle sauce and will indulge occasionally. On the side of course. The calories are horrendous so I am careful to ask for half the container and then use only about a tablespoon or so.

Anyway, this isn’t about my sandwich preferences. It is about Devon.

A couple of months ago we had gone to the same Subway. I was having a bad day and didn’t want anything so I sent Devon in on his own to get his sandwich which is always a turkey and American cheese. He came out about 5 minutes later with a HUGE grin on his face. The guy behind the counter had given him free cookies. I asked Devon why and he told me that the guy had told him that it was because he was so polite. I thought that was pretty cool and said “Good job Buddy! Sometimes manners are rewarded” and promptly forgot about the entire episode until yesterday.

Yesterday I went in with Devon to purchase our sandwiches. I made him get ham this time because turkey isn’t one of the $5 foot long options and payday isn’t until tomorrow. We were discussing bread options and Devon decided to try the Italian herb and cheese this time. He likes to live dangerously. LOL

He saw the guy (probably late teens or early 20’s) behind the counter and said “Hi Sir! I remember you, do you remember me?” The guy said “I sure do” and turned to me and said “He is the politest boy I have ever met.”

The lady behind the counter was the one that was taking Devon’s order and also said that he was incredibly polite. I think that Devon might have been subtly hoping for another free cookie but he did not ask them for one. Instead I purchased one for him because I don’t care who you are…if a guy at Subway remembers your kid because they are so polite after 2 months they deserve a cookie. And more.

Devon I am so proud of the young man that you are becoming. Thoughtful, polite, gallant and last but not least…funny as freakin’ heck! I couldn’t be more proud.


April Starr said...

Ahhh. Thanks for the smile! :) Love you guys.

Churlita said...

That's so great. Manners are really important to me too and I'm so happy when someone compliments my daughters on them.

Mrs. Hairy Woman said...

It's nice to know that some kids are still using good manners and he ought to rewarded for that.. pretty impressive for the guy to remember him after a couple of month's.. WTG Devon! You are an example to all of us!

BethAnne said...

What a great reflection not only on your marvelous son, but your wonderful parenting skills. My daughter is praised for her manners, too, and it makes me so proud of her and grateful that 'yes please' and 'no thank you' are still valued in the age of 'whateva!'

David in DC said...

Good for Devon.

And for you too.

dmarks said...

A great story, all around.

laura b. said...

That is so cool! It is always so reassuring to know that our kids are using what we've taught them in the real world.
BTW, you both look maaahvelous!

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Good for you Devon and thanks for a smile . :)

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