And since we could all use a reminder from time to time that "polite is always right," I've prepared a few handy tips.
Civility Tip #1 - Always precede a negative comment with a positive one:
Civility Tip #2 - Practice an attitude of gratitude:
Civility Tip #3 - Instead of rudely pointing out the birthday girl's faults, try focusing on her accomplishments:
Or, if s/he has no accomplishments to speak of, then try complimenting a physical feature.
Now, you try!
Ok, well, that's not so much a compliment as it is a reminder of old age - which is never polite. Why not try opening up, instead? You know, tell her how you really feel?
Well, while I applaud your honesty, that's...not very positive.
Ok, new tactic: Is there anything you can congratulate her on? Something worth complimenting?
Don't ask me why; it just does.
Thanks to Wreckporters Whitney M., Birdy, Susan K., Heather R., Andrea F., Gina G., & Janet S., who, for the record, have never had frosted cheesecake.