It's time once again for Jenny's Alphabe-Thursday, and this week's letter is G. Here is my offering:
House Rules for Guests
You are a guest in our home. Please use your best manners (if you were taught any) and say “Please” and “Thank you.” Those words are universal and are consistently used by people in all walks of life. They are essential. No matter how smart you are (or THINK you are), if you don’t know when to use those words, your life will be very lonely.
Since you are not paying to stay here, we expect you to be considerate, especially at mealtime. I am happy to cook supper for you, but I expect you to be polite and offer to help out by setting the table and filling the water glasses. It is unacceptable for you to sit around on your ass, waiting for dinner to be served. After dinner, I expect you to help clean up, and be cheerful about it. Oh, and no iphones at the table. That’s just plain rude.
We don’t intend to help pay for your vacation by providing all your food, so please consider doing a little grocery shopping to contribute. If you were staying at a hotel, you would be paying for all your meals. And since you are saving a lot of money by staying with us, it would be nice if you took US out to eat for a change.
You are responsible for your own breakfast and lunch. The cereal is in the pantry, and there is lunch meat, etc., in the fridge. Don’t forget to clean up after yourself.
Make your bed every day, and don’t leave your things lying around, especially in the common areas of our home. Please don’t leave fans and lights on unless you want a bill for the extra electricity you use up. The guest bathroom is fully stocked, so if you run out of toilet paper, don’t wait around for me to put on a fresh roll. This is just not going to happen.
Please think twice about being sullen and pouty. You may never want to come back here again, but since you’re here now, you may as well make the best of it. If you DO decide you want to come back, please make sure that you read and understand the following books:
Emily’s Magic Words: Please, Thank You, and More by Cindy Post Senning
Emily Post’s The Guide to Good Manners for Kids by Cindy Post Senning, Peggy Post, and Steve Bjorkman
You think you’re too old for these books? Think again! One is never too old to learn rules one should have been taught as a child.
This concludes my offering for this week. I have a splitting headache and I'm going to bed!!