Monday, October 3, 2011

Grueling etiquette training

Standing in line at the Walgreens checkout yesterday my eye casually fell upon the cover of the latest issue of US Weekly. There was the smiling face of the elegantly constructed "princess" of England, or something, Kate Middleton. It wasn't her face that captured my full attention, however. Check out the copy to the left of her face:


Okay, kidnap threats are serious. But, this woman is now part of one of the wealthiest families in the world. They can afford to pay for lavish protection, so it's hard to worry too much about her being kidnapped.

Second on that list? Grueling etiquette training. I admit that caused me to laugh out loud when I read it. Got some looks from the other people waiting in line.

This woman is now fantastically wealthy and famous. She will never want for anything in her life, ever again. While the rest of us, all over the world, have to learn to make do with less, she will have personal chefs cooking her midnight snacks, servants doing her laundry, and nannies to raise whatever offspring she happens to produce. (Said offspring, of course, will also want for nothing.)

And US Weekly is attempting to generate sympathy for this woman because she has to endure grueling etiquette training? The world "grueling" might apply to, say, working in a field harvesting sweet potatoes, or perhaps the work that our soldiers do in their various "kinetic military actions," but let's not use that word to describe listening to the Dowager Viscountess Dalrymple explain how to use the little fork.

Come on, US Weekly.

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