Mom Advice: How to Be Proper

A simple lesson in manners paid off big time for Academy Award-winning actress Sissy Spacek.

Jody HewgillMother would set the table properly for every meal and instruct us on the correct use of silverware, which seemed kind of useless to me. “Why do we have to learn stupid manners?” I’d complain. “It’s just gonna slow us down, and we’re hungry.”

“Because I want you to be able to dine with the president,” she would say.

“Oh, Mother, that’s crazy.”

But sure enough, an invitation came one day from the White House, and I was ready. Thanks, Mother.

From My Extraordinary Life, by Sissy Spacek with Maryanne Vollers. To be published May 1, 2012, by Hyperion.

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