From a mile away, I can tell if you are someone who was raised well by your
Manners are paramount
The courtesies exhibited in everyday life are the best signifier of the raised-right person, and dining in a restaurant is my
But I think the interactions with the waitstaff are a better tell. I have a weird fascination
Money is no object
Money matters and also doesn’t matter. A young woman who spends money like water may not have been given the right guidance. One of the foremost lessons of the Truly Rich Parent is to live simply and that means spending money wisely or not at all.
“Don't spend it,” my grandmother would lovingly say of the pocket money she'd secretly hand to me. And so I didn't, and before I knew it, the pocket money became a substantial sum, most of which eventually made its way to the creation of more wealth.
And when it comes time to
Always a lady or a gentleman
I am certainly not amused by young people acting out or letting loose or getting wild or being brusque or feeling too good for this or that. In any situation, and even amid the external pressures of a super cool social set or the internal pressure of your short fuse, the Truly Rich Lady remains proper. She has been taught to resist doing the wrong thing or the easy thing, even if it results in discomfort. There will certainly be no angry demonstrations when something goes awry or when she experiences entitled deception, such as someone cutting a line (this is only reserved for very old people), when something is slow. She has been taught to be placid as a lake and sunny as the sky.
And is always dressed well
As a corollary to the above, a fine young woman is always dressed well—preferably in the inoffensive
Even the perfectly cared-for child can get into a tangle or two in adulthood, but what sets her apart is the will to admit that she did wrong. “Mama, I crashed our car into your precious flower patch. I have no excuse, and I am sorry. I will replant the flowers. But the car... Please put down the stick!” Maybe, I said that. Maybe not. But that is how a person who has been raised well apologizes—fully and with a promise to right the wrong.