The Manner Not Borne

images It never ends, the chronic rudeness of the Upper East Side, beginning with kids.

Parents clearly don’t teach manners anymore, their offspring behaving like feral cats, who actually act better.

On my way to Petco’s beloved biscuit bar to make little stockings for Carmela and her beau, Mr. Kato the rottweiler, I suddenly found myself practically knocked into the gutter after a band of preteen cretins pushed me right out of the way.

I addressed this behavior accordingly. Yes, of course I was calm.

“HEY, YOU IN THE YELLOW PARKA..YOU DON’T SAY EXCUSE ME?” How exceptionally pleased I was when his pale, schmucky face turned a bright red.

“It was an accident,” he said, with a slight stutter.


Now I had 6 kids staring at me like I was nuts. One girl, I so wanted to smack, was rolling her eyes smiling.

“You find this funny?” I said, lowering my voice. “I could have fallen honey, and that wouldn’t have been too funny, at least not to me. You should all learn to behave better. Trust me, it will serve you later on.”

Who the fuck was I was channeling…Amy Vanderbilt…Mother Teresa, a future parole officer?

Rich kids may have the world on paper, but without grace they really don’t have much at all.

I gave them one last withering stare before collecting myself…

I had stockings to fill after all.



About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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8 Responses to The Manner Not Borne

  1. Hahaha! Clearly they had no idea they were dealing with a badass. Sadly manners are becoming a thing of the past and we are doomed.


  2. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, you did the right thing by bringing their attention to their rudeness. There is a teeny possibility that one or more of them will say ‘Excuse me’ next time. But I don’t think it will be the eye roller.


  3. katecrimmins says:

    Every once in a while you let people have it! I love it!


  4. Elle Knowles says:

    I so wish I could come up with that stuff off the top of my head as you always seem to do. I have hindsight!


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