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But, thank you!

At Edmonds waterfront: When a 5-year old boy started to clamber up on a 3-foot tall cement dividing wall near a restaurant, his mom commanded,  “No, we’re not going to climb on that right now.” Then, in a patronizing and gratingly cheerful,  but oddly mechanical...

Politeness Lessons

“Can I have a sticker?” asked the bright-eyed and lively five-year-old girl at the grocery store checkstand. “Say ‘please’, honey,” admonished the girl’s mom. “Please,” repeated the girl, suddenly subdued and almost inaudible. Averting her eyes, the girl shyly took...