Marie

Ladies don’t start fights, but they can finish them!

Being an Aristo’cat’, Marie certainly knows what makes a ‘lady.’ With her floofy pink bows and smooth white fur, she certainly has the beauty part down! But what makes a girl an absolute lady? Manners. Marie tries to teach her brothers that they should allow her through the door first and the concept is lost on them…well, at least with her (“Oh you’re not a lady”. / “You’re nothing but a sister.”). Women so often complain about how ‘chivalry is dead’ and how ‘no guy treats them with any respect.’ While I agree that gentlemanly behaviors have certainly decreased over the years, the blame doesn’t lie solely on them. Chivalry still exists, when young women act like ladies. If you behave like one of the guys, you’re probably going to be treated like one. If you don’t have much respect for yourself, how can you expect them to respect you? In order to become a young lady, this doesn’t require skirts and heels and fancy hair ribbons. Instead, it’s a matter of conduct. Be kind to others, say ‘please’ and ‘thank you,’ dress modestly, and be intelligent about the world around you. It’s really quite easy…and worth every effort. ©

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Lady

What is a baby? I just can’t understand.
It must be something wonderful. It must be something grand.
‘Cause everybody’s smiling, in a kind and wistful way,
and they haven’t even noticed that I’m around today.

There’s nothing worse than the feeling of being forgotten. Whether your parents had or adopted a new baby brother or sister, a friend started dating someone and left you in the dust, or even if you’re used to being the ‘teacher’s pet’ and they started paying more attention to another student. Any of these things and more can leave you feeling confused, depressed, and a little threatened – no one likes being bumped off their proverbial throne. You do have to realize, however, that people love new things. And so do you! It’s exciting to discover something you’ve never experienced before. And you also know that the more it sparkles, the more attention it gets. But eventually the shine gets duller and life returns to normal. Though your feelings may be hurt, it’s important to think about the excitement the other person must be feeling and let them fully enjoy their new-found happiness; some of the thrill only lasts a very short while. Respect them and their joy – and they’ll respect yours in return. ©