I swear I’m triple cursed to being the victim of people who have no manners. Why? Because I’m exceptionally polite. Why? I have identified three main reasons.
- I’m from the South. I was raised in a small town, just up the road from my great-grandmother as well as my grandmother & grandfather. Translation: If I acted up at my great-grandmothers, I got spanked there. Then she would call my grandmother & grandfather and I would get another spanking on the way home. Then they would call my mother and I’d get another spanking. And then, it was, “Just wait until your father gets home. So, from a very early age, I was raised to treat everyone with respect and to always use my manners. Anytime you get spanked four times for getting out of line, the message hits home pretty quick. Even today, it’s “yes, ma’am”, “no, ma’am”, “please”, “thank you”, “yes, sir”, “no sir”, and so on.
- I live in Texas. It is just expected that the men are going to open the doors, pull out the chairs, and act as gentlemen. You may not see it as much in “the city”, but you definitely can observe this behaviour almost anywhere in Texas.
- I work in the hospitality industry. Let’s be honest: I’m in sales at a resort. If there is anyone at the entire resort that you expect to always be courteous, friendly and in a great mood – it’s got to be one of the sales guys, right?
So here’s my curse: No one else seems to realize what manners are anymore. If I say, “Good morning,” to someone on the street, it’s because it just comes naturally to me. But people just look at you like you stepped off a flying saucer. I have manners – that’s all. I’m not an alien or have three eyes or anything.
If I hold open the door for a lady, all of a sudden it’s like a clown car showed up and 30 more people walk through. How many of them say thank you? Zero. How many guys “tag in” and take over the door holding? Zip. GRR!
Listen, people, if someone says, “Good morning!” to you out on the street, the proper retort is, “Good morning!” If someone says, “How are you doing today?” There are hundreds of possible responses, so use them. Don’t just ignore them. If you’re walking down a hallway and someone smiles at you or nods, return the courtesy!
Is it just me?! Are you trying to be polite to a world that just needs a good spanking…or four spankings?! Someone tell me that I’m not the last one out there, or –if I am– at least let me know so I can quit caring so much! Jeepers!