A Dad’s Lesson

Be KindAs is usual, when I arrived at work early Monday morning, I took the time to skim through The Globe and Mail and The Toronto Star – I put the Sports sections of both papers along with the Life & Arts section from The Globe for reading later in the evening!  Sometimes I cut a few articles out to read when I have a moment or two over the lunch period.  On Monday, I clipped this article out:

http://www.thestar.com/life/parent/2014/01/20/how_do_you_raise_kids_to_have_good_manners.html

We expect good manners at KCS, and when we don’t witness them, we take the time to teach or remind our students about their importance.**

As I was nearing the end of the article, I was reminded of a lesson my Dad taught me during the summer of my grade 5 year.  Our family was going on a three week vacation to England.  It was our first and only trip on a plane together.  And while I have many great memories of that trip, one in particular stands out.  We were in London visiting various sites before we set off to visit our relatives throughout the south of the country.  All five of us (I have a younger brother and sister), were sitting on the Tube.  It stopped at one of stations and an “older” lady got on.  Looking back, the lady may have been 35 or she may have been 75 (when you are a kid, everyone looks old!), but to my Dad that didn’t matter.  He looked over at me, and said something like, “How long will it be until you stand up and give that lady your seat?”  Only seconds it turns out!

It’s funny, my Dad taught me a lot of things in life (as did my Mom!), but for some reason the lesson above was triggered when reading the Toronto Star article on Monday and every time I’m on public transit around the world.

Derek Logan
Head of School

** For instance, if I was this author’s editor, I would have reminded him that you should not use WTF in your article if you are trying to show good manners.

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