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Suzanne's on holiday, so today we're running one of her favorite columns.
The magic words, they've been on my mind lately. What's happened to them? I rarely hear them anymore. You know, the magic words my mother and probably yours too, always reminded us to say after we unwrapped a present or when someone paid us a compliment.
"Now, Suzanne what do you say?"
"Thank you." (And of course, it was delivered with a smile.)
I've spiffied up the traditional "thank you" and adopted the personal style of Constable Benton Fraser of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police--the fictional character from the 1994 television show Due South. The Canadian Mountie had some interesting adventures every week with his companion Chicago Detective Ray Vecchio, but the thing that wooed me the most, was the Mountie's manners. A tip of his hat, opening doors for people, stopping to help an elderly woman across the street in the middle of his chase scene, please and thank you's peppered his vocabulary. And not just a simple thank you--he always replied, "Thank you very kindly." (Followed by a smile and a slight tilt of his head.)
His decorum left such an impression on me that instead of merely delivering a "Thank you," I frequently say, "Thank you very kindly." See, manners do really stand out. (Of course, he was one good looking Mountie, too.)
Thank you very kindly for reading with me.
It's so good to read with friends.
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