The Gallery: Pride

And so this week's theme from the towering inferno that is Tara is:

Something I Am Proud Of.

It can be a person, something you've created, a photograph you've taken, a time in your life you're proud of, an achievement, your home, your car, your kids.

At a time when there is an awful lot of bad news emitting from whatever media you choose to watch/read, it's time to look closer to home and appreciate the things we have.
So show us all what you're proud of and let's lift this gloom.

As I rapidly approach my first bloggoversary, I contemplated a snapshot of my blog but decided that was too much like tempting fate for me. Instead I am going with this image:

Now before you assume it's another cute picture of my son (which of course it is), read the writing on his chest.

The Boy has really good manners, I mean really good.

He always says 'pwese' and 'thank you'. Always! And it's not something that we've had to teach him, he just says them without prompting, without reminding, without chastising. He has obviously just picked it up from hearing those around him asking politely for things, and it highlights to me how important it is to watch what is said in front of children because they learn through osmosis.

Recently, his confidence has soared and he is now no longer so shy around strangers. He's perfectly happy to start chatting to cashiers in the supermarket, the vicar at the playgroup I'm considering enrolling him in, the old dear who stops and admires him. "Huwwo lady, how are you today?" or "Huwwo, what's your name?" (learnt from aforementioned vicar) are regular phrases coming from his mouth.

And it makes me smile, to see his growing confidence, his friendliness, his courtesy and caring attitude coming forward. It gives me a little inkling of the man that he will one day be.

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  1. Jenny paulin says

    I like that top where did you get it? Burton is the same with his please and thank you's and it makes me proud whenever i hear him, as you say they pick up whats going on and being said around them! The other day we went for a walk with him on his bike and a woman stepped off the pavement to let us past, Burton thanked her! I was gobsmacked and she looked surprised! As i say, good manners cost nothing.
    Lovely post and sentiment and gorgeous photo x

  2. Alli Marshall says

    As we always say in our house "manners cost nothing."
    I think it is important to have good manners & some people's lack of manners are terrible.
    You have a wonderful little boy with lovely manners, something to definitely be proud of!
    Love the top!!!

  3. says

    Ahhhh I really hope my little boy is like that. We are always repeating thank you and please to him at the moment. He must sound sooo lovely when he's talking to people. Love that top!

  4. says

    Awww, gorgeous! I LOVE that top! Manners really do help people to go far in life – that's what I tell my children all the time – along with a friendly greeting and a smile :) And you are very right to feel proud! Well done! x

  5. says

    Aww, that's so lovely. I think that good manners are so important, so easy, but so easily forgotten. I'm not surprised at all that having a polite little boy makes you so proud. The first time my little boy says please or thank-you then I'll be as pleased as punch.

  6. says

    Lovely picture! I totally agree with you on manners, they are so important. Ben is the same with his please and thank you's. It melts my heart when he says "thank you nice lady" to the lady on the tills in the supermarket – it always makes me smile and her too :)

  7. says

    Gorgeous little boy. Manners cost nothing, I love hearing children saying please and thank you. It sounds like he's a lovely little boy and I can see why you are very proud.

  8. Susaneardley says

    We have this tshirt (from next) wish I could say we had the impeccable manners too! The boys aren't bad don't get me wrong, but there is a fair bit of prompting to be done. You really should be proud!

  9. says

    yes how I agree…..always use to chuckle and grandson when he was younger (he's 5 now) he knew not to interrupt adults talking and has to say excuse me, but it took him a while to realise that excuse me was not immediately followed by what he wanted to say and that he had to wait on being brought in to conversation. Cant beat polite kids, and they are a rarity so every right to be proud

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