This week on Home School Heartbeat, Mike Farris, Chairman and General Counsel of Home School Legal Defense Association, interviews author June Hines Moore on the subject of etiquette.
June, before we get started today, I have to ask you this: is asparagus really a finger food?
June Hines Moore:
Traditionally, it has been. And many people look at me askance when they hear that. But the way to cook asparagus is to have it very, very firm so that you can't even cut it with a fork. Now if you cannot cut it with your fork, then it is meant to be used as a finger food. But, Michael, we have to remember this is a good place to say that there is a reason for every rule of etiquette. So if the rule is that it's a finger food, then it's probably because of the way it's cooked. So there's a reason behind all the rules.
June, why did you set out to write The Etiquette Advantage?
When my teenage sons were in high school and college, I realized that there were a lot of things I had not taught them because the situation had not come up. So I started teaching classes to them and their peers, and then there was a demand for a reference book. And just previously to that, I had written You Can Raise a Well-Mannered Child for the parent. Both of these books came out of a demand or a request from my student participants who said, "We need something to refer to." So both of my books have been as a result of people actually requesting something.
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