I took note this morning of a gentlemanly act. A young man willingly took his youngest sibling into the library (what I call the rubber room) so his dear mother could attend the service and actually participate with everyone else. A mother of very young children spends a lot of time in rubber rooms and at times leaves wondering if she heard anything. So I see this gesture as VERY gentlemanly and I compliment the young man on his service to his mother. He wondered out loud to me if his mother was getting more out of the service and I assured him she did. He was not complaining, just wondering.
My dear husband does this for me now as he knows my days are numbered again in being able to stay in the sanctuary. (Baby due in September) I DO appreciate it. I feel a little guilty about it really as I want him to be able to be in the sanctuary as well but the dear one year old is not cooperating usually. The one year old crowd has been remodeling the library and as they gradually destroy the mismatch of books (of no real value) the library is looking much better. Are they being gentlemanly????? Doubt it. Just curious and helpful in a non intentional way.
So young men......if you are fortunate enough to have younger siblings, you too can take a hand at giving your mother a rest, a literal rest at services. And it occurs to me if your older sisters have young ones in toe you can do the same for them. It is a refreshing opportunity that is not taken lightly.