• Did you ever have a day where everything went right?

    Not a lottery-winning day by any stretch, but today was definitely a good one. It was made even better because my daughters both noticed how polite people were being, and that is largely due to the discussions we’ve been having about our project here.

    Why so good? Just simple things, really; We were allowed to merge into traffic by smiling, finger waggling drivers, (whom we of course thanked with a jaunty wave), we had the door held open for us as we entered stores behind others, and in turn were thanked as we did the same for others on our way out. The Teen had the biggest smile on her face when a rather scruffy looking man looked up at her (the Teen is a lovely, tall drink of water) and said, “Why, thank you very much!” as she held the door open for him. Wee One, who notices everything, took it all in and a few seconds later said “That was a nice thing to do, right Mommy?”

    See?? It takes so little, and pleases everyone. Why don’t more people do this?

    The Teen is formulating a post, and I’m willing to bet it will have a lot to do with the “door holding” thing. Like Mother like daughter, yes?


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    Well hey! We’ve got a few people already digging this idea, and are on board.

    We have our very first Ex-Pat, Broot, who will be bringing her own unique observations and views of Canadians from a Kiwi perspective! Can’t wait to read about what New Zealand thinks of us, and how we differ from their society as far as manners and social etiquette are concerned. Or do we…? Guess we’ll see! Should be interesting!

    I’m so excited that we have an Ontario teacher and her second grade class getting involved too! They will be bringing us their thoughts on manners in story, picture and idea form. As I’m not yet sure what this lovely teacher will want to call her class and project yet, I won’t give them a name. Stay tuned for their first project though, I’m sure it will warm the cockles of anyone’s heart.

    From the West comes Sasha, and a busier lady I’ve never met. She will be putting a saucy slant on manners from Saskatchewan, and I can’t wait for her insights.

    Still looking for other writers – this is a Canadian project, and I’m looking for Canadian writers far and wide. If you’re interested in joining us, I can’t wait to hear from you. I could also use someone who has some design expertise, since I don’t really want to steal images for the site from other places, and we’re very plain-jane just now.

    Knock, knock… are you out there?

    Go Canada!


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    I’m looking for a few regular contributors for this blog so we can flesh it out and get a movement going.

    If you’re a Canadian who believes in manners, and you’re literate, interesting, and – most of all – interested in working hard for no money, please contact me privately. My email address is jenn@ (this domain… you figure it out).


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