Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Ladylike Bending


When a lady needs to reach something on or near ground level, she bends properly:
  • knees are bent and together
  • back is straight
  • thighs are level, parallel with the ground

A lady does not bend from the waist while keeping her knees straight.

10 comments:

  1. Thank you for your inspiring blog. Do you know of a good manners curriculum to use with children that goes beyond “yes please, no thank you” and table manners? A special emphasis on helping a young girl grow to be a lady of grace and decorum would be especially nice.

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    1. Thank you, TMichelle! I would recommend Kay West's book, 50 Things Every Young Lady Should Know, for a read aloud together. Kay West also has a book for mothers, How to Raise a Lady, which provides some helpful guidance.

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  2. Hello! I just love your posts. They are always spot-on with ladylike behavior. Five years ago, I broke my left ankle in 3 out of the 4 places an ankle can be broken. It didn't heal 100% with all the flexibility it once had. And bending over has been one of the hardest things to do in a ladylike manner with my ankle predicament. If I am around men, I simply try to refrain from bending over and get someone else to do it for me. If I am with ladies, I try to be as genteel as possible. But OH how hard it is to feel like a lady and bend down properly with a bum ankle. However, thank you for a beautiful reminder with how it should be elegantly done. :) Blessings to you! Melinda

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    1. Thank you, Melinda, for bringing up such a good perspective... I'm sure there are many ladies who will relate to your experience. And you are handling your situation perfectly by kindly asking assistance when needed. Thank you for sharing!

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  3. Thank you Nancy! I think also it's better on our backs if we bend properly!

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  4. This is so true! Especially in a dress or skirt! We forget that bending from the waist keeps the front covered, but not the back!

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    1. Oh, yes! And even if it stays covered, there is nothing elegant about the backside protruding. Thank you, Southern Ladye!

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  5. Oh, boy, you got me. I never do this. Something to work on - thank you!!

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