I’ll be honest – when I’m really hungry, all I’m thinking about
is getting food IN MY BELLY!
I’m not thinking about which plate, fork, or spoon I’m
supposed to use.
I’m not really thinking about the right way to hold my knife
and fork either.
And I know that most kids don’t really think about that stuff.
BUT, my Mom has always taught me that eating is about
having a healthy body, and eating is also a time to be with
And if you are going to be with other people, you need to use
good manners so that everyone gets along with each other,
and you don’t make a mess.
Well, I LOVE food and being with people, and I want to travel
all over the world meeting people – you never know…I could
be a guest at the White House and Buckingham Palace one day!
So Mom, asked Kathleen Cover to come over and help me
with my etiquette. Miss Kathleen started The Etiquette
School of Beverly Hills – Newport Beach.
She’s an expert at good manners. Miss Kathleen setup a
special class for me to begin learning proper dining etiquette.
There’s A LOT for me to learn and practice!
I learned how to properly introduce myself and my family or
friends to people.
I also learned how to pull the chair out for girls to help them
sit down, how to use my napkin, which forks and spoons to
use, and which side of the plate your bread and drink go on.
One of the things I learned that was a little confusing was the
Zig-Zag American style eating.
There are 2 ways to eat, American Zig-Zag or Continental
style. Mom and I use the Continental style of eating, but we
never realized it before we took the class. The American Zig-
Zag style is not as simple as Continental. I think I’m just
going to stick to Continental.
I also learned that meals can have many courses, have
different utensils for each course, and I can figure out which
utensils to use by remembering that I start with the utensils
that are on the outside, and work my way toward the ones
that are on the inside.
Miss Kathleen gave me a certificate at the end of the class. It
was for completing the first lesson.
Like I said, there’s a lot to learn about etiquette – it’s not just
about eating at the table properly. It’s also about how to
introduce people to each other; what to say to people and do
when you meet them; writing thank you notes; how to sit,
stand, and walk; and even how to act at formal dances.
There’s NO WAY anyone can learn all of it in just one lesson!
That’s why I’ll be taking more lessons with Miss Kathleen at
her school. I really hope I remember everything that Miss
Kathleen already taught me. But if I don’t, no worries…
practice makes perfect!