Quote: Good Table Manners

Good table manners are a courtesy to the people at the table…This is how you show respect to your family and your friends.

-Junior Girls Scout Handbook, 1963

JuniorScoutTrue, true, unless you are going to be a hermit, you have to know that people do not want to see the food in your mouth or hear your processing of it. You want people to remember the food and your good company and not the distractions you may have caused. On the other hand, we all need to allow for a genuine mistake or accident. Being offended by these is more rude than putting a spoon on the wrong plate.

Junior Girl Scout Handbook. New York: Girl Scouts of the United States of America, 1963. 151. Print.

Quote: The Invention of the Teenager – Martin

The invention of the teenager was a mistake. Once you identify a period of life in which people get to stay out late but don’t have to pay taxes – naturally, no one wants to live any other way.

― Judith Martin, a.k.a. Miss Manners

This term was first used in the 1920s and was the result of more people getting high school educations. Between 1910 and 1930 enrollment at this level increased 400 percent.* With this increase, there also developed the behaviors, parenting advise and marketing practices that require our patience today.

*”Teenagers.” – Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood in History and Society. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Dec. 2014.