Today I’m talking about manners. Or, more specifically, courtesy. Something’s really been bothering me lately, possibly only because I’ve seen so much of it, that I thought I’d get it off my chest. Now, I realise not everyone has been brought up to think of others before themselves, or if they have, society or whatever reason has made them change their ways and just look out for number one, but effing hell!
Let me explain. On the way to town yesterday, there was a lady pushing her baby in the buggy and also walking her dog. Yes, she took up all the narrow path, but instead of expecting her to manoeuvre her pushchair out of MY way, I stepped into the road so she could carry on her merry way with the least amount of hassle possible. After all, it’s easier for me to move for her than it is for her to move for me. I remember very well the amount of people who literally stopped in front of me when I had a pushchair, huffed and puffed, and wanted ME to move, so because of that, I don’t do it to other people. She said thank you and smiled. Brilliant. Just what I would have done if I was her, but some people expect others to do this and would have walked on as though it was their right to have me walk on the road, hoping I could get back onto the path before that beast of a truck got closer.
I do the same thing for joggers. I imagine their frustration of having to slow down or jog on the spot while they wait for me to shift my arse, so I shift it before they get anywhere near me. They can continue with their pace and everyone’s happy. I do the same for bikers. There’s a REALLY narrow path on the way home from town with uneven grass either side. If a biker had to move out of my way by going on the grass, they could go down a bloody pothole and come off their bike and fall into the damn road. Okay yes, I have heavy shopping bags in my hands, and yes, I risk standing in dog’s shit when I move off the path for them, but to me, it’s just something you DO.
Also yesterday, after I’d dropped my smallest off at school and I was leaving the cloakroom, I allowed a man to come through the door before I walked out of it. I’d dropped my child off, and he had yet to drop his off, so I thought it best I wait so he could get his child into school on time. This morning I planned to do the same, as I do every day, and you’d be amazed at how many parents shoved through that door to get out, leaving the incoming children and parents waiting in the cold.
That is all kinds of what-the-fuckery! People are just so damn rude it isn’t funny.
Have you noticed a decline in manners and courtesy over recent years? Are there only a few of us left who do simple little things for fellow humans to make their life easier? Maybe I treat others how I would like to be treated myself a little too much. Maybe this is why the decline has happened, because people have started thinking: Eff this for a laugh. What’s the point in being courteous when no other bastard does it for me?
Can we give a unanimous ARGH here?
What gets YOUR goat?