Monday, November 10, 2008

Qualities of A Lady

Image courtesy of New York Public Library Digital Gallery.

Margie: Edna and I were talking last night and we suddenly realized that many people don't understand what a lady truly is these days. If you're one of those folks then we'd like to offer a few tips on what qualities a lady needs.

1. A lady always needs to smell as fresh as a daisy.

When Edna and I were girls, Mama warmed a washtub of water every Saturday so we could take our baths. All we had then was lye soap. That was not something that smelled like a lady.

A lady's perfume should never overwhelm. You should smell Edna's fake French perfume. Even pigs wouldn't wallow in that. Neither should a lady smell like some arthritis cream or a funeral parlor.

Here's a lovely scent you should try. This is what I use and it's wonderful.

2. A lady is sexy without being vulgar.

Sexy is not letting all your assets hang out of your clothes for all to see. As Edna often says, gentlemen prefer a bit of mystery. Just the glimpse of a trim ankle can be a subtle hint.

Think of it this way; is a wrapped Christmas package more appealing than seeing the gift just sitting under the tree? Gentlemen like to unwrap their gifts if you get my drift.

3. A lady's manners are beyond reproach.

Mama always told us to have pride in ourselves and our appearance. Not only were we taught table manners but Mama taught us how to behave around others. Never let it be said that you have no manners. That's most uncouth and unladylike.

4. A lady is dignified and charming.

This means no tattoos or piercing of your anatomy. Dignified means holding your head high, shoulders back, as if you rule the world. Edna tries to act like a ruler but she's not.

Always be charming. A smile or quiet laugh can turn many a head. Attend a good charm school or ask me for advice. I really should offer classes since I am one of the few ladies left.

5. A lady always takes the high road.

Remember when Loretta Lynn sang, " You Ain't Woman Enough To Take My Man?" This is an example of taking the low road.

A lady does not participate in smackdowns, throwdowns, mud wrestling, or hair pulling. This would be plain tacky.

Always remember that you too can be a lady. Let's hope Edna takes my advice.


nicole said...

I consider myself a lady, and I would like to be treated as such.

So where are the Gentlemen who know how to treat a lady?

Because lately I feel very much like Helen Reddy's song:

'That ain't no way to treat a lady
No way to treat your baby
Your woman, your friend
That ain't no way to treat a lady, no way
But maybe it's a way for us to end'

Jodi said...

Happy Monday and have a very nice week.

Margie and Edna said...

Edna: Jodi, Happy Monday to you too, dear!

Nicole, I know just what you mean. My dingbat sister would say if you act like a lady, gentleman will treat you like a lady. But personally, I think those men have gone the way of the dinosaur. Such a pity.

Rebecca said...

Great post, ladies! I appreciate the defense of gentility.

Er, just remember that when you bicker and want to start yanking on each other's hair...

attygnorris said...

I have 2 tats...can I be 1/2 lady?

Patricia said...

What about pulling wedgies? Is it or is it not considered ladylike to extract one's underpants out of one's crotch when in public view? I believe ladies should avoid such behavior. What about you?

Margie and Edna said...

Margie: 1/2 a lady? I suppose that's fine since Edna isn't but 1/9 a lady.

Ladies should never consider wedgies or do anything about them. Buy you some nice roomy bloomers.

Work at Home Mom Revolution said...

I consider myself a lady. But I'd be right there with Loretta if someone tried to steal my man. ;)

gLoR!e said...

i pause after reading this. oh yeah, i am a lady somehow i seldom smile or share a laugh!:) i am a lady!:)

Voracious Vegetarian said...

Thank you Margie and Edna for reminding us modern women of these often forgotten values and ideals. I suppose it's also acceptable for older women to bicker as well?

Margie and Edna said...

Edna: One thing my sister forgot to mention is that once a lady reaches a certain age, she can do pretty much whatever she wants!

TRoss said...

I don't agree with the entire list, but for the most part, yes, being a lady is an art.

So I'm waiting patiently for the other side, or as Nicole mentioned, the gentlemen. Tit for tat ladies. I'm sure we'd get a good chuckle out of comparing men of old to men of today. What do you say?

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