Tea Parties

This is not a political piece.
However, I do have advice for all politicians –
Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Independent, Socialist, etc.
Read picture books about tea parties.
Your manners are lacking.  The books below will teach you etiquette.


Tea Party Rules by  Ame Dyckman and and  K. G. Campbell – This one begins by the hostess demanding her guests follow all the rules.  Very slowly the story develops a friendship that is more give and take, instead of dictatorial.

Tea Rex by Molly Idle – Mr. Rex is invited to tea at Cordelia’s house.  Even though he’s big and clumsy, he’s treated with respect.  At the end of the book, Cordelia is invited to sit down at the table with Mr. Rex and his dinosaur friends.  What a concept.  Sitting down at the table and treating others with respect.

Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf by Judy Sierra and illustrated by J. Otto Seibold – B.B. Wolf’s song says it best “Even in a house of bricks, big bad wolves can learn new tricks.  Sip your tea and never slurp, say “excuse me” if you burp.  Smile and have a lot of fun, But don’t go biting anyone!”

Miss Spider’s Tea Party by David Kirk – A classic from 1994.  Miss Spider invites various insects to join her for tea.  For obvious reasons, they refuse.  Until a fragile moth soaked from the rain accepts Miss Spiders hospitality.  The moth told the other insects about his experience.  So the other insects joined Miss Spider for tea.  Sometimes it only takes one to make a difference and get the conversation following a different path.

***I wrote this post during the government shutdown.  My hospitalization got in the way of my posting it.  The shutdown is over.  It’s only a matter of time before the next crisis.  Here’s hoping politicians will learn manners between now and then***

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