social graces? At the risk of sounding like a cranky older person, okay I am a cranky older person, why aren’t manners more prevalent in our society these days? I’m sure you’re dying to know what has prompted me to write about this. Even if you’re not, I’m going to tell you why anyway. A few days ago, yet another supermarket cashier called me “sir.” And yesterday I was standing next to a table, my pocketbook was on the table, waiting for my companion to bring our food order. So I was saving the table for our use, I just wasn’t seated yet. The eating establishment, while not a brand name fast food type of place, is very busy and it was lunchtime.
Two men came by and set their trays on the table. I’d say they were late 30’s to late 40’s in age. Momentarily stunned, I said I was saving the table. One shrugged and pointed to an empty table by the door. I told him if I’d wanted to sit there I wouldn’t be saving this particular table. They shrugged again and started eating. Really? We ate at the table by the door. I was stunned.
There is a massive deterioration of values and manners in our society today. I don’t mind saying it. I don’t care if people criticize me for it. What has happened to basic decency and respect? I’m not going to rant and rave. It does no good.
I will simply say that I will continue to use the many social graces I was taught. I will say please and thank you, I will hold the door for people, I will look people in the eye when speaking to them, I will listen when I ask people how they are, I will continue to go out of my way to do nice things for people. For example, God provided me with extra long arms. Many times I’ve retrieved items on upper shelves for folks at the grocery store. It is truly my pleasure to do so and people are very appreciative. How difficult is that?
So, I really was going to rant and rave. But I’m really pleased that I turned it around and realized I will make more of an impact if I continue to model desirable behavior than if I just complain about it.