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W hen you go to someone's wedding
H ave you done so in clothes that are unsuitable?
E ver shown up for an evening out wearing shorts?
R emember the times when we "dressed" for dinner?
E ven now, some do so.

I t isn't everyday that special things happen in our lives...
S trange how inadequate we are in showing respect.

T here are times when a casual attitude is not offensive.
H ovever, that is for the mundane.
E ach one of us makes choices with regard to events in life. 

R ecently, I attended the memorial for a friend's mother.
E very one who was there knew that this was a somber occasion.
S ome, however, did not take the time to think about their demeanor.
P erhaps we have gone overboard with our "casual" attitudes.
E xpectations for me are that one would come dressed for the ceremony.
C asual attire and wearing baseball caps are fine at a picnic, but
T hen, I was taught that social graces begin at home.

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  1. Date: 11/12/2010 9:05:00 AM
    Ja, Dan! Du hast ja so recht mit diesem Gedicht!!! Die Kinderstube ist wichtig! Enjoyed the read and your thoughts! Alles Gute, Gert

  1. Date: 11/9/2010 1:03:00 PM
    I feel as you do, Daniel.. there's a time and place for casual and formal and all in between. Like you said, etiquette for some is outdated. Great Acrostic on Respect. Love, Audrey

  1. Date: 11/9/2010 10:57:00 AM
    Enjoyed reading your well written poetry today Dan. Thank you for sharing it. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 11/9/2010 6:31:00 AM
    A sense of how to present oneself on occasions should be well maintained, Daniel, Nice Acrostic on Where is the self respect. Good luck if it is for the contest.

  1. Date: 11/9/2010 4:48:00 AM
    Good job and very true. It reminds me of my own wedding many years ago and one of the guests. As I learned more about him, I become increasingly horrified. Thanks for sharing! Elton Camp

  1. Date: 11/9/2010 2:53:00 AM
    Your well written poem says it all WHERE IS THE RESPECT. Nice piece.