Monday, March 9, 2009

The High WASP Code of Conduct

High WASPs may or may not be religious. They may or may not have attended an Ivy League college. They may or may not live in a large house with stables out back. But they all subscribe to the High WASP code of conduct. You learn tenets of the code as you grow up, starting as a very young child, and continuing throughout your life.

Note that this is a draft. My sister hasn’t confirmed yet that I have this right. Others may also have ideas. High WASPs believe in the civil exchange of opposing opinions.

The High WASP Code of Conduct

1. Look people in the eye when you shake hands.

2. Stand up straight. High WASPs are obsessed with posture.

3. Do what you said you would do. Including show up on time. Two minutes early is even better.

4. Assume that others will behave as you behave. That others also know the rules. Play by the rules.

5. Speak about others only as you are prepared to have them speak about you. Never ever try to make anyone feel bad.

6. Vote and give to charitable causes.

7. Use your good silver and linen tablecloths as often as you can.

8. When you are beaten, or badly treated, forgive when possible rather than seek revenge. Revenge is childish.

9. Bad taste, vulgarity, and ostentation, however, are most difficult to forgive. This will make #5 a very difficult tenet to adhere to.

10. Send sincere, thoughtful condolences in the event of death.

11. Always, always remember: A simple thank you will suffice.



Blogger Tammy B said...

I agree with this post. Thanks for stopping by.

March 10, 2009 at 4:51 PM  
Blogger What Kate Wore said...

This is a good list, although you would think I could actually add something to the conversation. Tonight's case of 'fried brain' seems to be precluding any meaningful contribution.


March 10, 2009 at 5:23 PM  
Blogger east side bride said...

What about a *firm* handshake? This goes with the eye contact, no?

March 11, 2009 at 10:09 AM  
Blogger DAM said...


July 13, 2009 at 7:29 AM  
Anonymous Cascokid said...

I'm reminded of the three cardinal virtues of WASPness: alcoholism, mental illness, and politeness.

Seriously, I concur. I'll emphasize that politeness is a) free and b) the strongest indicator of WASP tribal identity. Failing all else, that's all you need to join the club.

June 11, 2010 at 4:37 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

Dear Lisa,
I almost overread this sentence in this unknown posting:
"High WASPs believe in the civil exchange of opposing opinions." Let me call you my rolemodel when it comes to exchanging opposing opinions. greetings, Paula

September 7, 2010 at 5:55 AM  

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