Dylan and Prom

Dylan was asked to go to the prom by Mandy. He was really sweet and thoughtful as the headed out. I wonder if he knew how unusual it was for a freshman to go to the prom with a senior, even if it was only as “just friends”?

I’ve really been impressed by how courteous he can be. Of course, that courtesy usually isn’t directed at me, his sisters, or his mom – but he really seems to be sincerely courteous most of the time, especially when making a first impression. It surprises me how important that I’ve come to feel this traight is to learn.

Erastus Wiman writes, “Nothing is ever lost by courtesy. It is the cheapest of the pleasures, costs nothing and conveys much. It pleases him who receives, and thus, like mercy, is twice blessed.”

Bryan Davis says that courtesy is one of the simplest, yet most effective, tools a parent can teach their children to really make a positive impression on others. Dads get so caught up in pushing their children to get the best GPA’s and a quicker 40 yard dash that they often forget the one simple and free character trait that will set their kids apart from the rest – courtesy.

When my kids treat others (and themselves) with respect, I have to be a little boastful. It makes me smile with pride.

Oh and I just have to share that Emily wanted me to take a picture that day too. Ain’t she lovely!


  1. Oooohhh… that pic is soooo not flattering!

  2. You TOLD me to take that one!!! LOL!


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