I am amazed at the number of people who comment on the thank you notes she has written to them, and how promptly they were written.In answering your questions, I want us all to keep in mind that manners and etiquette is mainly just common sense, thoughtfulness and consideration.These are the rules that separate those who move to the South from those who come from the South. A Southern girl learns them by watching and listening to her doting mother, aunt or grandmother.The real Southern traditions are passed down from generation to generation.This article is a little tongue-in-cheek, but you'd actually be surprised how often these manners are still practiced, especially in certain circumstances.Do you have questions on Etiquette Southern-style that you would like answered? Lord Chesterfield once wrote his son, "The most well-bred person in a room is the one who makes the fewest other people uncomfortable." Spenser wrote, "The gentle minde by gentle deeds is knowne; For a man by nothing is so well betrayed as by his manners." SPENSER For Southern women, teaching their children manners is of the utmost importance.
I am talking about the rules any good Southern belle knows.
Its not the soft Southern drawl that makes a girl a belle; its the quality of her traditions.
In the South, it is not so much what you do, but rather how you do it.
Historically, southern belles have lived by an etiquette code with rules passed down from their mamas and grandmas.
Some are standard things like, “Always call a woman ‘ma’am’ and a gentleman ‘sir.’” Others are regional or specific to certain families.