Etiquette Epiphany: Coat Checks
In my leisurely weekend perusal of Judith Martin’s masterpiece: “Miss Manners’ Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior“. If you don’t have it handy on your end table, like I do, I suggest you stay tuned for future Etiquette Epiphany posts because her advice is not only based on proper protocol, but it is also worded in a witty manner.
The most recent blunder that I realized I have been making, willy-nilly, is to check my coat at restaurants, thinking that I was adhering to proper protocol! I’m disgusted to think of all the cold winter nights I could have eaten out, not knowing this rule. Miss Manners exposes the truth:
“It is true that the old-fashioned rule is that a lady does not check her coat… The coat is gently peeled back from the shoulders and hangs nonchalantly over the back of the chair.”
I have been a fool for too long. NO MORE! To think, every time I kept my coat was because I had no cash to tip the host, and thought that I was being tacky by keeping my coat “nonchalantly over the back of the chair.” NEVER AGAIN! From now on, I will cast all sheepishness to the wind drape my coat with confidence, knowing that a lady does not check her coat!