Without fail, EVERY time, when I should sneeze, when ANYONE should sneeze, ALL of my children say bless you…sometimes multiple times. This courtesy is a steadfast rule to them. ALWAYS. I did not teach this rule. I don’t believe we’ve ever talked about it. I just always say bless you…compulsively…even to strangers…sometimes quietly if I think they’ll reject the thought…but I still say it.
The other night-
MC: hey mom, I know bb is really asleep now because I sneezed twice, TWICE and he did not say bless you – not at all you know…he’s sleeping.
Me:ok – shhhh
MC:MOM…i sneezed…….(I was in the other room)
Me: oh oh sorry…bless you MC
Me: bless you again MC
MC:ok – thanks
So, the things I want them to REALLY GET, to really absorb and emulate, I shouldn’t talk about at all…just show compulsively. That’s quite a burden to think about…leading by example and all that. I might need to rest up for this one.