Emily Post: Who?
In 1922 the book, “Etiquette: In Society, In Business, In Politics and At Home,” topped the nonfiction bestseller list, and the phrase “according to Emily Post” soon entered our language as the final word on the subject of social conduct.
During the years several women were published regarding manners, besides Emily Post including Lillian Eichler, Amy Vanderbilt, and even Eleanor Roosevelt. The last book on etiquette was published in 2005, and articles of etiquette continue with Peggy Post, the wife of Emily's great-grandson. She is also the current spokeswoman for The Emily Post Institute and writes etiquette advice for Good Housekeeping magazine, succeeding her mother-in-law, Elizabeth Post. Peggy Post is the author of more than 12 books
Probably the most useful and daily courtesies we can extend are those when dining. They're also the same courtesies that stay continuous through the decades - unlike how women should curtsy, not speak until spoken to... Well, you get it.
I would like to add one other thing to remember when dining out. If the restaurant doesn't have a "Kid's Menu" that's a big clue that the dining establishment is more of an adult environment - you know, a place where adult couples are celebrating anniversaries, special occasions, first date, an evening where the couple hired a baby sitter to have an evening away from children and hoping other couples have the same idea...
Warning Rant Ahead: When I was raising children the most frustrating thing was to hire a baby sitter, going out on an adult-only date, relaxing with a good martini or a fine wine, listening to soft background music, and then being startled by someone else's child crawling under my table, kicking the back of my booth, and/or screaming! Or the mom who changes the baby's poopy diapers on the table next to me while I am eating and complaining there is no changing table in the bathroom. Ummm... yeah. And the first clue should be there is no "Kid's Menu." (And don't send me comments, emails, or letters accusing me of being a "baby hater." I don't hate babies, I just dislike unthoughtful parents.) Rant Finished.
Here are Emily Post's Top Ten Table Manners: