The state of our society makes me sad. When did people stop holding doors for one another? When did people stop saying “please”, “thank you”, “you’re welcome”? It’s really not difficult. I understand there are days that it is tough to put a smile on your face, but can’t we even be a little civil?
Last Friday was an early day for Bean. He woke up early, dropped his giraffe out of his crib and lost it. So at 6:30 on a Friday morning, we were up! Yes, this is early for us. I’m sorry if it is normal for you. By 9:30 we were (he was) breaking down. A trip to the coffee shop for a special treat was just what The Doctor (ptb) prescribed. Since we couldn’t decide between a scone and muffin, we got both and I got a decaf latte as well.
Okay. The scene is set for you. VERY pregnant woman carrying a nearly 30lb toddler who refused to put shoes on, a hot beverage, and a bag of treats. Yes, I situated myself to be able to successfully get out the door and to the car on my own. Because I’m awesome like that. As I approach the door, two separate customers (both men) come in. Neither holds the door for me or even gives a second glance. I’m sort of shocked but, again I was set so whatever. A younger gentlemen sitting and enjoying his drink pops up from his seat, phone that was in his lap flying across the room, to open and hold the door for me. I thanked him and wished him a nice day. He seemed genuinely shocked that I said “thank you”.
What is this world coming to?! Seriously. I’m a bit miffed by someone not holding the door for me in that situation. I hold the door for anyone that is within a reasonable door holding distance, pregnant, not pregnant, male, female, young, old. I don’t discriminate. It’s what you do! I got over that part quite quickly though, because people are rude. I was just so disappointed in the world in general that this guy seemed surprised that I would thank him. I wonder when the last time anyone thanked him was. I hope it isn’t too long before the next time someone expresses some appreciation for him.
In closing, people of the world, STEP UP! Be polite to your fellow human. Hold a door, buy the person behind you in the Starbucks drive thru their drink, say please and thank you, tell the cashier to have a nice day! BE FREAKING POLITE and teach your kids to do the same thing! Remember the Golden Rule. Treat others as you would like to be treated. Thanks to my wonderful husband who gave me the title to this post in response to my iMessage version.
Yes! I try to be nice to people and curse them under my breath when they are jerks in return but I really try to not make that affect how nice I am to the next person. I hope anyway.
mrs. ptb says
EXACTLY! I can’t imagine not thanking the man who held the door just because the other two were thoughtless jerks whose mamas didn’t raise them right. Is that the right whose? I never know…
Rachel A. says
This miffs me too! When I was pregnant I fell up the steps in the rain and not one person stopped to help me. What is wrong with people? If someone lets a door slam in my face or doesnt hold it, I always make a comment. I always hold the door for anyone behind me (within a reasonable distance from me). I think its a product of poor parenting that people are so rude!