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My husband’s aunt was getting married at a fancy country club, and we were all invited. We decided to take the two older kids and leave the toddler at home with my sister. They got new clothes for the occasion and were drilled over and over about proper table manners for the luncheon that followed the ceremony. During lunch, I glanced at the kids’ table to observe their behavior. They spoke to the kids on their left, then switched and spoke to the kids on their right. Very proper.

Later, I asked what they talked about. Throwing up, they said.


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  1. Suzy says:

    Oh Risa, I love this so much! A perfect RetroFlash!

  2. Betsy Pfau says:

    Laugh-out loud funny. You trained your children well. I even love your Featured photo.

  3. John Shutkin says:

    As others have said, this is perfect! Manners are often about style not content, right?

  4. That’s hysterical, Risa. I’d be tempted to say “out of the mouths of babes” but well. Oops. I guess I did.

  5. Laurie Levy says:

    LOL! That’s what kids do — if you’re lucky, they will follow the directions given, but no more.

  6. Marian says:

    Ha, ha, ha, how true! Bet the kids had a great time.

  7. Well Risa, it was surely among the least superficial of the polite conversations that took place at that wedding luncheon!

  8. The subject of vomiting complements the reference to new dressup clothes wonderfully. Thanks for a creative twist on “manners.”

  9. Khati Hendry says:

    I agree with Betsy–I laughed out loud. Great story. It brought to mind the time my mother impressed on us children that we must all eat our vegetables, and then she looked on in horror when we were at a local restaurant in the Vietnamese countryside, and saw we were downing all the fresh, uncooked vegetables likely to give us intestinal parasites.

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