Life has changed so much during the 89 years I’ve lived and the difference in manners is something I’m conscious of as I go about my daily life.

As I dash around London jumping on and off buses, trains and the underground (I do take a taxi from time to time but it often takes longer in the traffic) I notice that it isn’t often that I’m offered a seat.  Late one night this week after leaving the Ballet at Sadlers Wells the underground carriage was crowded. Full with mainly young people and not one of them thought about if I might need a sit down. I didn’t mind as I was only travelling for one stop and was able to cope well but it got me thinking about the subject of manners.

Recently I had an unpleasant shopping experience as a child shrieked it’s head off the whole way round the supermarket and the parents didn’t guide the child at all.  I wondered how they could even think with the deafening sound!  I do know in some situations ignoring a tempestuous and demanding infant can be the right thing – many of us have been there ourselves and can only feel for and support the parents in their parenting.  It’s the lack of parenting that I find difficult, don’t they mind being badly treated by their children?

With a greater awareness of safety I do understand that to say ‘hello’ or smile at a stranger as you hold a door open for another human being is not something a young person is trained or encouraged to do. I do think that there is a balance to be made and these small courtesies make the world so much richer in my opinion.

On the other hand not long ago I leaped off the train at my usual stop picking up my bag, one I don’t usually use much.  Without my knowledge my purse fell onto the floor out of the top pocket – I arrived home completely unaware of the fact.  To my surprise I received a telephone call from the gentleman who had sat next to me saying he had it safe for me and would drop it by, which he did the next day going out of his way.  In this instance I’m sure this individual would have taken the same kind steps but I’ve no doubt the fact that we had shared pleasantries during the journey wasn’t a bad thing – and made my journey so much nicer.

To me manners simply means thinking of others and being considerate – what does it mean to you?

Am I old fashioned in my thinking and do you think there’s a place for manners in todays world?

 

Annie Bundfuss - Forever Young - Manners

Photographer: Annie Bundfuss for Forever Young

 

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To me manners simply means thinking of others and being considerate – what does it mean to you?
Am I old fashioned in my thinking and do you think there’s a place for manners in todays world?