is one who puts more into
the world than he takes out."
~~ George Bernard Shaw
Welcome to Spring!!!
you're all enjoying lovely weather. If not, maybe you can read
this newsletter and at least focus on something pleasant: Andrew's
gentlemanly qualities. :-)
I'm afraid I'm in for a crazy weekend, hence sending this now.
And it's short which is a welcome change. :-)
On the YG, we got to discussing
how much of a gentleman Andrew generally was (brattiness in "The Sign
of the Dove" aside :-). This kindness and respect was exhibited
so often, in so many ways on TBAA but we wondered how else Andrew
might show his chivalric awesomeness. Some of the following are
based on actual experiences. Names have been withheld to protect
the not-so-gentlemanly. ;-)
Ways Andrew Would Forever and
Exhibit Gentlemanly Behavior
1. If Andrew were driving
someone around, he would NOT unlock the driver's door, get in, buckle
up, and only *then* let the passenger in. Andrew would, instead,
likely open the passenger's door if they were a lady or a fellow who
needed assistance, close the door only when he was sure all their bits
and pieces were inside, and only then get himself situated.
2. If Andrew were picking
someone up, he would pull into a parking stall so they could get in
calmly and comfortably... not make them run across traffic to dash into
his car because he doesn't want to take the extra 20 seconds to pull in
and pull back out.
3. If Andrew were out
walking with a lady and someone approached proselytizing, he would
kindly listen to the person while also focused on the lady's comfort or
lack thereof. He would NOT dart into the nearest store and hide,
leaving the lady on her own on the street.
4. Though Andrew now owns
cell phone, he would always be polite when using it. He would not
yammer away on it while in a check-out lane, completely ignoring the
cashier. He would absolutely never use it in a restroom. (I
totally cringe when people do that.) And he would never, ever use
it while driving. If an urgent call came in, he would pull over
and *then* answer.
5. Andrew would never
putting his hands all over a pregnant woman's stomach unless expressly
given permission to do so. Yes, feeling a baby kick is
cool. But Andrew would always put respect for the woman above
6. Along those same
Andrew would never inundate people with personal questions like "When
are you going to get married?!?!" or "When are you going to have a
baby!?!" Andrew, so often misunderstood himself, would have the
utmost compassion for the poor souls being inundated with these
questions and, when possible, likely find a way to remove them from the
conversation if it got too troublesome and they looked wearied/sad.
7. Andrew would always
folks by the name he was instructed to call them. Detesting being
called "Andy," Andrew would never further the sting by dubbing an
Elizabeth as Liz or a Robert as Bob just cause he felt like it.
8. Instead of rushing to get
ahead of a lady going into a cafeteria type restaurant he would open
the door for her and motion her in first. Always a
9. If someone needed help in
traffic (say needed to get in front of him in a heavy traffic), he
would slow down, motion them over, wave, and not fuss about them being
10. Andrew would stand
between a lady and anyone who could possibly be a threat to her...or
who would make her uncomfortable. He would also stand between her
and the road or other dangerous area.
11. Andrew would keep a
on a lady's arm or back to help and guide her if she needed it while
walking together. He would also give her his hand to help her up or
12. Andrew opens doors,
kisses hands or cheeks only, and does not touch in "the bikini
zone"(-as we refer to good touch bad touch when teaching children at
school about sexual abuse.)
13. Andrew allows his date
to order her own food, or he asks her what she'd like then places the
order for her (the only date I ever walked out on chose my meal for me
without asking me first).
14. I didn't want to end
on 13. :-) So... Andrew would never, ever comment on what a
lady was eating. For example, he would never say "Do you know how
many calories are in that?" or "Are you sure you maybe shouldn't get
the half order instead?" Because Andrew is a kind, considerate,
loving gentleman... not some macho, superficial, Gaston-type.
Love the lovely angel...
(Photo Credits: The photographs used on this page are from "Touched by
an Angel" and owned by CBS Productions, Caroline Productions, and Moon
Water Productions. They are not being used to seek profit.)