The celebration of Father's Day, coupled with the time of year with college graduation, I think of my father, Albert Guarnieri, and the advice he gave his 10-year-old son.
"Son, you may lose your health and you may lose your wealth, but there are two things that cannot be taken away from you, that is your education and your good manners."
Armed with this information, I set out to find good manners. I looked at Warren Library, and they had nothing available on the subject. Then I walked down High Street on my way back home and found a magazine store, and much to my surprise, in the window was a book on good manners (etiquette). I believe the author was Emily Post. I marched inside and found that the price was $1.98 and I only had $1 in my possession.
I searched on my way home for soft drink bottles and their value of 2 cents deposit.
Having garnered an additional 50 cents, I asked my mother and father for 25 cents each, assuring them it would be a good investment for a long term.
Having secured the book, many of the chapters I thought would not apply to me, such as how to greet a king, queen, president, senator or the pope. Other chapters were very helpful in greeting friends, proper dress and table settings.
Whether dressing with the proper uniform for the Army, a dress suit for the courtroom or a tuxedo for the local charity ball, you knew you were correct. The theme of the book was the proper treatment and consideration of other people.
Would the world be a better place to live if all the people of the earth had better manners? There would be no need for wars.
Donald L. Guarnieri