This has been one of my pet peeves for a while and I’ve noticed it a lot as a teen.Β  I think it’s important to practice manners and politeness to people, even if they’re your family or your closest friend in the world. Obviously, if a person is a dick to you then by all means, treat them with in the same manner. Respect is earned not given, but that’s not what I’m talking about.

Classic Stephanie Tanner calling people out.

Anyways, what I’m talking about is basic “pleases” and “thank yous” to those who you share your closest relationships to. I remember one time I was in temple with a friend who needed something from his mom and heΒ told her to give him something. Then upon receiving it, he didn’t even say thank you. I’m like “you don’t tell your mom ‘please’ and ‘thank you’?” He said “no because she’s my mom.”

Another instance, I have a friend who dorms for college. She was complaining to me about her roommate who was her best friend at the time. Just because they were best friends, her roommate thought it was okay to take her food and items without permission and to bring over guests unannounced. It was simply rude and inconsiderate.

I don’t understand where this kind of behavior came from. Why is it that we only have to show politeness and courtesy to people we barely know, but it’s okay not to do the same for people we’re close to? No matter who it is, whether they’re a child or an elder, a close friend or stranger, or a family member, I always remember my manners.

I think simply saying “thank you” goes a long way. “Thank you’s” should not only be reserved for Thanksgiving.

Bottom line, don’t be a jerk. Just remember to be kind and considerate to the people in your life.


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