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SPIT NOT ON THE FIRE...or something like that

On occasion, it is obvious that President Washington's rules were written in the 18th century. Unless one is camping, a person in the USA rarely needs rules of etiquette for being fireside. The sentiment, however, holds up.

Here, the founding father is reminding us not to put bodily fluids in a place where people are cooking. Yes, please avoid that. Always. As to warming yourself over a cooking flame, when camping, I think that's okay. I agree, however, with keeping your nasty feet away!

Manners matter and we, in the 21st century, are losing them. I am astounded by how unaware digital natives are when it comes to courtesy that is becoming all too uncommon. See my more modern list for table rules to implement in your home today.

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