Speaking Respectfully

Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement. I Peter 3:6

It cannot be too strongly impressed upon the mind that mutual respect is the basis of true affection. We would, therefore, earnestly urge upon every one the importance of avoiding disrespectful titles in the home, as tending to lesson proper esteem and reverence.

It may seem a light matter in the domestic circle, whether this or that mode of speech is adopted; but it is far from being so in reality. I refer, in the first place, to a custom which some married ladies have of calling their husband by their surnames simply, without prefix of any sort.

Children and servants are greatly influenced by outward demeanor; and the wife who permits herself to address her husband in a manner unbecoming his high standing as the head of his house goes far towards lessening him in the opinion of his family.

From MANNERS; OR, HAPPY HOMES AND GOOD SOCIETY ALL THE YEAR ROUND. BY MRS. HALE