By: Maralee McKee, Manners Mentor
A weekly curation of links I love and thought you might, too!
I’m excited to see the new Beauty and The Beast movie which opened nationwide in the U.S. yesterday. I remember loving the animated version and singing along with Celine Dion’s title track. This live-action edition seems like it’s going to be lavish, lush, and great fun! I hope it leaves us singing a new song!
- If you haven’t seen the official movie trailer yet, or if you have and want to savor it again, it’s right here for you. Enjoy!
- I adore two characters from the movie and can’t wait to see them “come to life!” Mrs. Potts is a teapot and her little boy Chip is a teacup with a tiny chip. Speaking of Mrs. Potts and Chip, if you’re as smitten as I am, you might find this gorgeous fine china tea set (with nothing cartoon-like about it) in their likeness at the top of your dream list. The tea set is a limited edition of only 2,000. It’s sure to be a collectible in the future, and a lovely way to serve tea anytime.
- Did you know that the “Beast” is actor Dan Stevens? He starred in Downton Abbey as Matthew, Lady Mary’s husband, until the untimely death of his character on the show in a car accident. The reason he left Downton was that Hollywood came calling and he didn’t want to turn down the many roles offered especially the chance to be the “Beast.”
- If you’ve eaten at a Chick-fil-A, have you noticed that their associates often have the best manners and give the highest level of customer care of any quick-service restaurant? One customer noticed and appreciated the kind manners of the young man serving him at Chick-fil-A so much that he blessed the young man’s entire family by building them a new home! It’s an amazing story of generosity and caring!!! (I’m proud to say I was hired to consult on the writing of their restaurant staff’s customer-care “Second Mile Service” program and conducted over a dozen professional etiquette seminars for executives at their home office in Atlanta. They place a high regard on politeness!)
- The most valuable lesson at this school happens at lunch. A student started a “No One Eats Alone Club,” and students who once felt outcast because they had few or no friends, or who are new to the school and struggling to find their place, no longer dread lunchtime. The teens are learning to make friends with one another! I hope this club spreads to every school in the nation! Why not share this news story with your children’s school principal and see whether their school can be next?!
Did You See These On the Blog?
I hope you enjoy a lovely weekend!