(Thanks to relatives for inspiring this prose poem)
Be A Lady
There is one thing you must remember in life; you must always be a
Remember to always sit with your knees together or legs
Sit up straight and stand up tall or you'll be
Don't talk to strangers.
Always wash your hands
thoroughly with soap and warm water before cooking, eating and before
leaving the ladies room.
Don't forget to say "thank you" when
someone gives you something and say "you're welcome" when someone
Remember to write a thank you note when someone gives
you a gift.
If someone does a favor for you, find some way to do a
favor in return.
Always be a lady.
Wash laundry on Monday or Saturday when you're home from school.
Wash clothes in three stages:
the white load with Rinso White,
bluing and hot water,
the pastel load with Rinso in warm water and
the dark load with Tide in warm water.
Clear off the table and wash
dishes as soon as you've finished eating so the food won't get hard
on the plates.
It's a tradition to have chicken on Sundays along
with cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes and green vegetables such as
spinach, asparagus or string beans. Always cook fresh vegetables.
Let me tell you how to cook string beans. First cut off the ends
then snap them into thirds or in quarters. Cook in salt pork to give
them a nice pungent flavor. A proper Bostonian knows how to cook
Boston baked beans. Let me show you how to make apple, quince and
grape jelly. It tastes much better than the store bought kind.
Be sure to say excuse me if you burp. Hold your breath or drink
water if you have the hiccups.
Then excuse yourself.
your mouth when you sneeze and then say excuse me.
yourself when you must leave the table or a room when others are
Don't talk with your mouth full.
It's not ladylike.
chew with your mouth open.
Chew like a lady.
This is how you iron a
shirt or blouse.
You're a sinner if you don't go to church and
Sunday school on Sundays.
Never wear slacks to church. Always dress
up in your Sunday best for church.
Wear a hat, white gloves,
well-polished shoes and stockings -- yes, even in the summer.
Remember, it's more important to look good than to be comfortable.
Your dress or suit should always be neatly pressed and clean
especially for church but also for school or anywhere.
those wild boys from Boston or fast boys from Cape Cod.
compromise in order to keep a man happy.
If he's not happy, you
won't be either.
Always allow a man to open and close doors for you.
He'll respect you more.
After all, you're a lady.
Act like one and
you'll be one.