Miss Pat couldn’t help but notice that some of the “Can Do” Kids were not using good table manners in the cafeteria.
She had money left from a class trip in May, so, she decided to take the “Can Do” Kids out to the local diner in the hopes that eating in a restaurant might help them to remember their manners, at least she hoped they would.
Before they walked to the “Can Do” Diner. Miss Pat reviewed the rules:
- When ordering, speak clearly and politely and say please and thank you.
- Order what you know you will eat.
- Use your napkin to wipe your face and hands, don’t wipe your hands on your clothes.
- No pushing or seat grabbing.
- No throwing food, touching other kids food or using straws to blow milk at each other.
The “Can Do” Kids all agreed to mind their manners and behave. Grandma Hattie and Grandpa Dooley agreed to come along and help Miss Pat.
The walk to the restaurant went well. The “Can Do” Kids were fine sitting down. Things didn’t get tough until the menus came out and each “Can Do”had to decide what to order. Naturally most of the “Can Do” Kids wanted French fries and a soda with their meal, but Miss Pat wanted them to take a veggie and low fat milk.
Grandpa Dooley suggested a compromise. Every “Can Do” who chose a veggie over French fries and milk over soda got to have a dish of ice cream for dessert. All but one “Can Do” chose veggie’s and milk. The one who held out for French fries, was, you guessed it…Hector. So, his dessert was a small fruit salad. Miss Pat wouldn’t give in on the soda; Hector had to drink milk!
The “Can Do” Kids made Miss Pat proud;they were well behaved. Miss Pat proved to herself that the “Can Do” Kids did have table manners.