I don’t know about you but, when it comes to presents, I love to give books. I think a book can be a wonderful gift if – of course – you have read it first and your choice is based on the personality of whoever is going to receive it. So, if you are a parent or a relative of a teenager and you are wondering what to buy for her or him, here is my suggestion: give them a copy of Tiffany’s Table Manners for Teenagers. Written by Walter Hoving, former chairman of Tiffany’s of New York, this lovely little book will take the hand of the reader and hold it from the beginning of the meal to the end, teaching how to master the art of good table manners. This book is fun and entertaining and the illustrations are cute and humorous.
I think every teenager should read it. Why? Because bad table manners can be forgiven when kids are toddlers and there is still room for improvement, but the moment they become teenagers (or tweenagers, for that matter), bad manners are in my view just unacceptable.
Sure, I learned them the hard way: my mother used to make me sit at the table with a book under each of my arms to be sure my position was perfectly erect and I didn’t even dream of putting my elbows on the table. Oh well! Thank goodness there are other ways to learn good table manners, including reading this pleasant book. And God knows if some teenagers don’t need this book. I happen to see young people handling a fork or a knife as if they were Jedi knights holding a lightsaber before an epic duel with Darth Vader. Argh! Let’s leave lightsabers where they belong (for the record, we are looking forward to watching the new Star Wars Episode VIII) and let’s help the world by spreading good table manners among teenagers.
Hope you and your teenager will enjoy this book as much as Her Majesty and I did!
Talk to you soon!