Punctilio, a fancy word for good manners, not that you hear it a lot, but when you do, it reminds us of a different time when politeness wasn’t so rare.
Etiquette, rules of conduct, or just the customary code for courteous behavior can also apply.
I’ve often noticed how punctilious dogs can be, when you meet them in the park first thing in the morning.
They come over to greet you with what appears to be a whiskered smile like you’re old friends. Owners, on the other hand, ignore you, while trying covertly to intervene.
“Come on now Skippy let’s go….” “FIDO, GET THE FUCK OVER HERE…NOW.”
Yes, punctilio seems to only grace the 4-legged between the hours of 6 and 9, when dogs can roam freely off their leashes like the park’s furry hospitality committee.
If only they’d serve coffee-and Danish…then we’d be talk’in.
Nature instills that trait in animals, their innate cheerfulness existing in the moment making them not only pals, but teachers, reminding us to do the same.
Toss in that out-dated decorum, protocol and good-form they show, and if paid attention to, we’d have a different society, at least between the hours of 6 and 9.
Hey, it’s a start.