I vaguely remember life before the cell phone. I have become very dependent upon this remarkable little device. It allows me to keep up with my husband and children; it assists me when I need directions or when I have a last minute change of plans. It also gives me peace of mind because I can confirm my teenage son has reached his destination safely. My husband is a physician, and this little hand-held apparatus even helps him attend to immediate medical situations.
However, this advance in technology comes at a price: We forget to enjoy the peace around us—and respect the peace of others. Many of us neglect the phone manners our mothers taught us during the age of landlines. Here is a refresher course on mobile phone manners to make life more tolerable in the digital age.
1. Never use a cell phone during mealtime. This should be a time when families are reconnecting, not texting about homework or weekend plans. Just carve out this time for your family. Whether at home or dining out, it is just best to put your phone away.
2. Do not use your phone in close proximity to another person. Your voice is usually elevated while speaking on the small gadget, and it is annoying to people close to you. This certainly applies to the waiting rooms in doctors’ and dentists’ offices, or any intimate space.
3. Avoid personal topics in public. Discussing your medical or family matters in public is not appropriate and can be offensive to others.
4. Try not to check your text messages during time out with family and friends. Texting is a wonderful alternative if you are in a crowded situation, but try to avoid it while in a face-to-face conversation with another person. PLEASE DO NOT TEXT WHILE DRIVING!!
5. If you are in a conversation with others and must take a call, excuse yourself or ask for permission.
6. Cellular conversations should be short and to the point. Wait until you are home to catch up with friends about their weekend activities.
7. Please do not use your cell phone while trying to conduct business in public. If you are at the bank, grocery store checkout or dry cleaners, put down the phone and finish your transaction. The employee, and those waiting behind you, will appreciate this courtesy.
These are my own personal suggestions. I would love to hear yours!
As always, thanks for reading.
Dear, Paula Deen
Well I think you are the most amazing person, you are my role model if they took you off from the set I would of died inside your the best cook and I can't waite to see you again
Alexis Conner in Summer Salad Days on December 04, 2013 at 4:59 pm
Paula, I used to watch your show on Food Network a lot when I still had the TV and cable many year ago. You weren't even that big a star back then. I always love watching you cook on Youtube after I ditched my TV and cable and read your recipes on Food Network Magazines. I hope one day you can return to Food Network and the Food Network Magazine. I stop buying the magazine since you were gone.
Orindary Jane in Love at Last on December 04, 2013 at 2:32 am
Great blog Cindy!!!! I always enjoy reading your post. This Thanksgiving centerpiece is absolutely beautiful and so easy to make.
Ann in A Perfectly Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece on December 03, 2013 at 8:10 pm
Paula, made your Zucchini Custard Casserole for Thanksgiving and it was Fantastic!!! Thank you so much! Love you & your family. Happy holidays!
Pat Walker in Love at Last on December 02, 2013 at 8:45 pm