Hello, my name is Julie, and I have a confession. Although I try very hard to use proper manners at the dinner table (and lunch and breakfast, too, but snacks are on their own), there is one I cannot force my brain to employ. I cannot, for the life of me, spoon my soup away from me. I remind myself what to do several times over, but (bad) habit takes over, and soon enough, I’m scooping right towards my lap.
It’s not like I’m routinely spilling soup down my chest, but it bugs me that I can’t quite get the mechanics of this down. And I want to set a good example for my children, whom I’m trying to teach. Granted, we’re still at the remember-to-use-a-napkin stage, but still. On the other hand, it feels like this might be one of the lesser, not as important manners in the book, so maybe it’s not too big a deal?
Am I alone in this, or are there etiquette rules you have trouble following or have decided just aren’t worth it?