Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Visitors and Visiting, Trips and Tripping

EXPECTING VISITORS THIS SUMMER? GOING ON A TRIP?
HAVE I GOT THE POST FOR YOU!
STEP RIGHT UP AND TRY THIS TIMELY INFO FROM: 

EVERYBODY'S ENCYCLOPEDIA
For Everyday Reference
1907


Inside this handy-dandy book is a
BOOK OF ETIQUETTE 
and I shall quote from the section titled Visiting And Visitors.

"Entertaining Guests:

     Do not bore visitors by constantly trying to amuse them. After means of amusement have been provided, let it be optional with them as to whether they avail themselves of these or not. Permit your visitors to enjoy the liberty of solitude and quiet if they prefer. Any apparent effort to entertain is always bad form. The every-day life of a family should not be interfered with the arrival of guests.

     Visitors should conform as much as possible to the habits and customs of the household. They should be moderate in their demands for personal attendance. They should not carry their mood into the drawing-room or to the table, and, whether they are bored or not, should be ready to contribute as much as is in their power to make an atmosphere of pleasure. If the above involves too mush self-sacrifie then an invitation to visit should not be accepted."

Now you know the optimal behavior for visitors and visitees. Go test out your newfound knowledge. Visit and be visited! Whee!

AND FEAST YOUR EYES ON THIS MARVELOUS CONTRAPTION FOR YOUR TRAVELING AND SIGHTSEEING PLEASURE. 
From CARICATURE The Wit & Humor of a Nation in Picture, Song, and Story 1909
(Click on the picture to enlarge.)

Rig one of these up and you're set to see the sights - even permanent-like if you're having too much fun to come home.

Yeah, I know, you're dying to send me boatloads of gifts for my splendid tips, but please refrain as I am only doing this for the sheer pleasure of offering valuable aid.

HAPPY SUMMERING!

10 comments:

Angie said...

Looks like quite the fun contraption. Those are great tips for visiting. I just got home from visiting family in Wyoming. I think we both could have used these tips. ;)

Julie said...

Fun post! I love the contraption, especially the nursery that looks like a cage. Too funny!

Katie Dodge said...

That's hilarious! I, too, love the "kid cage". Funny stuff:)

Amy said...

Great Post Brenda! :)

Danica said...

That's so funny, I love reading about old etiquette and stuff like that. I like seeing the similarities and differences between then and now, and there's almost always something that's sounds completely ridiculous. :D

Jessie Humphries said...

"visitors should not bring their mood into the drawing-room" Hah. I will bring my mood wherever I dang well please! That is excellent.

Peggy Eddleman said...

Hahaha! I'm not sure I'd want to be the visitee or the visitor... But visitor sounds much more difficult.

Although, maybe not! After all, the visitee isn't supposed to bore the visitor, and the visitor isn't supposed to show they're bored, so maybe it's just all a bunch of sitting around and smiling.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Awesome tip! I love that it is the guest responsibility to not be too bored, and I love that after the host puts out the entertainment options, he/she does not have to make it all happen all the time, and that family life should not be interrupted!!! I have always felt that way, but covered it with the phrase, "I'm just a casual hostess, please help yourself," when I received remarks/looks/concerns that I wasn't doing "enough".

Kimberly Krey said...

Wow, that was fantastic! You have such a great eye for fun things to share and always keep us entertained. :)

Brenda Sills said...

Mucho many thanks to all you fantastico commenters!

ANGIE - I know, right? That good visiting stuff goes both ways and those folks back in 1907 knew what they were talking about!

JULIE - Hey thanks! I love to laugh - it's such a great thing to do!

KATIE - Wahoo! Thanks! I have to say Wahoo at least once on every post's comments - you're so lucky I said it in answer to yours!

AMY - Thanks, you great person, you!

DANICA - You're so right about the ridiculous factor! I love that about old stuff - the ridiculousness just really makes me laugh!

JESSIE - Alright, Missie - you better tone down your misbehavior on bringing your mood where you please! But ah, I see you've recognized the excellency of this visiting advice just in time! Good on ya!

PEGGY - You have such marvelous insight into the world of visitees and visitors! Me thinks you shall do well in any visiting situation!

TYREAN - Aha! You've been right all along and now you have proof that you were the brilliant one! Congrats on your fantastic rightness. I'm so proud of you!

KIMBERLY - Oh my word - what an amazingly nice thing to say! You don't know how much that means. It just gives me the warm fuzzies!