Martha Smith Standish, that doyenne of Shaker Heights, Ohio and Lake Worth, Florida society has finally wore me down and convinced me that if I "don't take a few days off for myself, who will?"
"With your house staff, if you need groceries you have them call the market and place the order and request delivery," she smartly pointed out. "But if you need time to rest from all the volunteer work you do, or the charity balls that you simply must attend, or even hosting those luncheons out of social obligation, it isn't like you can send Phillipe or Bessie - who does the laundry - to your place in Lake Worth for a restful weekend on your behalf."
So right you are, Mrs. Smith Standish.
So I will see everyone on Monday. In the meantime, Mrs. Smith Standish wants me to remind each of you to be good to those around you, including your house staff. They are much more than the staff that maintains your home, your laundry, turns down your beds and prepares your meals; they are people, too. Try and remember that.
See you Monday! Tah, tah!