Well, as you can see in this picture, that boys and girls are quite fond of each other at an early age. This is my son, Nolan, and his little friend Kailey. There are not a lot of girls that he asks about more than Kailey. For some funny reason they’ve just always gotten along amazingly well. I guess there is no better time than now to teach him how to treat a lady, right? Honestly, I think he’s already off to a good start.
My parents divorced a very early age and we mostly lived with our Dad until our teen years and I honestly didn’t see a lot of great examples in my day of how to treat a lady, with the exception of my grandpa and/or uncle. I definitely knew how to hunt, fish and do household chores though, but when it came to really knowing how to treat a lady and have gentleman like manners, well, that was pretty much non-existant. Until…..one day came that we moved in full time with our Mom and WOW, now that was enlightening. She was much harder on us than our Dad ever was. She whipped us in to shape, to say the least.
One of my favorite stories of my Mother giving me tools to live by was at the Mall. As my brother and I were about to walk in to the Mall with our Mother we both noticed that Mom had just stepped to the side before entering the door. My brother and I both paused with pensive looks on our faces trying to figure out what is the world was wrong with her. It took us a moment, but atlast, I GOT IT! She wants us to open the door for her without her asking. Wow, it’s amazing how that memory is just burned in my mind for life. She always taught by example and it has stuck with me as of today!
My mother constantly taught us that the little things in life that you do for a lady will not only make you look good as a gentleman with true etiquette, but will mean so much to someone that you may know or may not know. Thank God that she instilled those thing in to me, along with cleanliness, manners and the importance of style, or I may not have landed the most beautiful and talented woman on the planet (ie: my wife). My brother and I may have just stayed the little redneck boys that we were, (not that there’s anything wrong w/ fishing and hunting and playing in the mud every once in a while) and not really understanding what it meant to treat a lady right, with the utmost respect and honor that they truly deserve.
Thanks Mom for taking the time and the sharing the tough love to ingrain in your little boys minds manners, style and cleanliness, but most of all “how to treat a lady.”
What are some of the ways that you’ve learned the importance of how to treat a lady? Ladies, what are ways that you like to be treated?