Friday, September 24, 2010

Old Fashioned for Illustration Friday

Interesting that the first thing that came to mind today
for the Illustration Friday theme: “Old Fashioned,” was someone holding a door for someone else.
The topic suggested by Susan Sorrell Hill (http://susansorrellhill.wordpress.com/) is based on a good quote from Audrey Hepburn: “It's that wonderful old-fashioned idea that others come first and you come second. This was the whole ethic by which I was brought up. Others matter more than you do, so 'don't fuss, dear; get on with it.' “~ Audrey Hepburn
I guess I was brought up with the same ideals, especially as it relates to common courtesy. Being from the South, it was just something people did.
Funny, there was a good scene from the TV show “Community” last night that seems to underscore the importance of that “Old Fashioned“ notion of decency and courtesy. The main character had gotten himself in quite a pickle with all of his friends and classmates. Eventually, he won them back over when called upon to speak about “tools”in his Anthropology class. (The teacher was played by Betty White, very funny-- nice to see her getting a resurgence of late) Anyway, (paraphrased greatly) he went on to talk about the “tool” of respect, that we all have, but don’t always choose to utilize. We all get so caught up in our own selfish perspective, that we too often forget about the feelings and perspectives of others. He concluded that respect was the one thing (tool) that unites us all. Simple, common courtesy may be an “Old Fashioned” notion, but in my opinion, is a true sign of universal love and respect for others.

11 comments:

  1. Lovely quote and illo to go with :)

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  2. Loved your thoughtful post, Charles. And thank you for the link!

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  3. Wonderful piece - and I LOVE old-fashioned courtesy! My hubby and I are great believers in the Golden Rule.

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  4. Your drawing is adorable, and love the quote (I love Audrey Hepburn) and I agree with ya on Betty white.

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  5. Yesterday a man held a door for me, I said "thank you", we both smiled and went on with our days, but I think it was a nice moment which I wouldn't have even noticed if people did it more often. Your picture and words make me smile too. Cute bears!

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  6. How right you are!! When I was 16 I had a job, and I specifically remember being so happy when customer actually said "Thank you" and "please." It was very rare. As a result, I always make sure I use my manners with everyone I encounter. Great illustration. Nice use of limited palette!

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  7. Hey Charles. Great idea! Perfect for the topic this week. We need more "old-fashioned" manners. Love the illo and the tone! Great one!

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  8. Lovely postures and scene. It conjures up little stories about what they're doing too.. nice.

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