Over at Joyful Jubilant Learning, I started an invitation to our Ho‘okipa forum of articles here like this; “Most people think of hospitality as a social grace, something you remember to do like mom taught you, when you know guests are coming to visit.”
Maybe not; my “most people” may have been an ambitious statement according to this, a Letter to the Editor in yesterday’s Honolulu Advertiser:
Is common courtesy dying?
Are we forgetting how to say “please” and “thank you?”
Worse yet, are we serving as poor examples to our children with our inconsiderate and rude behavior?
Almost daily, I hear customers use words to the effect of “Gimme” or “I need” when ordering food or coffee from employees at various locations.
“Please” and “thank you” have all but disappeared from our vocabulary.
Lately, I’ve noticed the same behavior by children.
Have we forgotten the “magic words” we learned from our parents?
Mal Gillin, Kailua
Then, moments after putting the paper aside, I read a story at Rich Griffith’s place, about someone who is giving up on his job altogether because he has had it with the inconsideration and drag on his life by his customers: Not just another cog… It made me feel incredibly sad.
Seems social graces need a comeback. Sounds like worthwhile work for all of us as a ho‘okipa brigade, don’t you think?