You had to address every adult as ma’am or sir. Every time. Even strangers.
If you just missed one little ma’am accidentally, or mumbled, or showed even the slightest bit of of surliness, the speed at which your mama’s hand smacked you upside your backside was dazzling.
When an adult entered the room, you stood up and stayed standing until the adult bid you to sit back down.
“Please,” and “thank you,” were the front and back of every sentence leaving your mouth.
You cleaned your plate at every meal. Even if it meant eating something you hated. Like boiled okra or Brussels sprouts. To not eat something was insulting to whomever had been kind enough to prepare that food for you.
You scampered ahead and held the door for anyone older than you and you lent a hand to anyone who was in need of help.
You said, “Excuse me,” if you needed to be excused.
You learned to treat people the way you yourself wanted to be treated.