One funny exchange that happened was at dinner last night. My daughter took her penne pasta and started sucking the sauce through it like it was a straw. I stared at her doing this and was horrified.
"What terrible table manners!" I chided her. "When you're at an important business dinner, trying to land a $3 million dollar grant for your science research, how will this behavior go over with your potential investors? Would they invest in you when you behave like this?"
Without missing a beat, my daughter replied, "I obviously would not behave this way in that situation. Anyway, when I'm at that point in my life, I'm sure I'll have good table manners."
I laughed and said that I'm sure some of the top scientists probably do have horrible table manners. This perked her up, and she wanted to hear examples of who has really bad table manners. I told her that I didn't know anyone for sure and was only guessing.
Nevertheless, I think I made her evening.