Dear Miss Pearl,
We promised Mama we would take her wherever she wanted to go for her 75th birthday. Would you believe she wants to go to Las Vegas, of all places! She needs a wheelchair to get around, and we don’t think she has made a good choice. What do you think?
Let me remind you that you made a promise! Your Mama needing a wheelchair is no excuse to not take her to Las Vegas. There are sidewalks, elevators and ramps in Vegas which make it easy to push a wheelchair. Sure, it may be crowded in some places, but that’s part of the fun. There are wonderful restaurants and shows you can take her to, and the people watching is out of this world! Would you believe there are slot machines and table games that are wheelchair accessible, too! This trip is not about you and where you want to go… it is about your Mama. And you PROMISED. And if Mama wants to leave her bra at the Coyote Ugly bar you let her do as she pleases. Remember that, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” Have fun!
Dear Miss Pearl,
There were maybe 10 people seated in the movie theatre and three people came in and sat directly in front of me and my friend. All of these vacant seats to choose from and they sit directly in front of us. Why do people do this?
I guess they do it because they can. There are unspoken rules that many of us follow that simply don’t exist for others. This is one of them! I have space “issues,” and I would never sit directly next to or in front of someone if it could be avoided. The fact that you were seated there first doesn’t even cross these people’s minds… or maybe it does and they just want to rain on your parade for the fun of it. When this happens to me I usually stay put so as not to give them the satisfaction of me changing seats (as if they care). Unless, of course, the person in front of me has big hair or is seven feet tall. We all have our limits…
And Another Thing...
I was beginning to think that we were going to miss out on fall completely. How nice it is to finally have a nip in the air and an opportunity to wear long sleeves. Let’s hope it lasts until Halloween! Last Saturday night I walked around the square with some friends who were from out of town. They loved the lights in the trees and the painted storybook characters, but what they really enjoyed were the scarecrows. Have you seen them? They are all adorable, and some of them are quite clever and comical. We are so fortunate to live in a place that has many of the perks of a city but also embraces and celebrates our small town roots. Thank you to whomever is responsible. I look forward to seeing what will be next!
Miss Pearl is one of Newnan's leading authorities on modern etiquette. She gladly lends her advice to everyone whether they want it or not, because, "After all, it's all about the children and setting a good example for them." Her videos are available on her Facebook page and YouTube channel. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org