point that pinky properly …

3 Aug

I was surprised to see the timeless June Dally Watkins in my face as I flicked the telly on this morning.

Surprised to see that she was alive and well …and still looking like gorgeous despite her  85 years on this planet.  An Aussie icon, she has been teaching young women to be ‘ladies’ for as long as I can remember ….and  I have been pondering the process for almost that long.

Are elocution and deportment relics of a bygone day?deportment

I mean… really ? walking with a book on your head…and learning to hold your little pinky properly when you sup your cup of tea from a fine bone china cup? Do they really make you a better person ?

Don’t get me wrong… I’m sure there is merit in having manners and common courtesy… and it can’t be bad to ‘speak nicely’ rather than ‘talk like a bogan’  but I think maybe it’s the notion of turning out ladies is what troubles me.

Such a funny and old fashioned word … so I ‘googled it’ to find a definition and see if it explained why it rubs me the wrong way …

la·dy

1. A well-mannered and considerate woman with high standards of proper behavior.
2.A woman regarded as proper and virtuous or a well-behaved young girl.
3. A woman who is the head of a household.
mmm … I guess the clue might be the word ‘proper’…  I mean what exactly IS proper ?? ..In whose eyes and in what century ??

Anyway I take my hat off to you dear June, for teaching me how to choose when I need to be proper and when I can just be real.
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