Well, I have been meaning to write this post for ages, and keep sidetracking to doing something non-writing related. However there are two people at the moment that spur me on (without even realising it) to keep going with my blog, and try not to put it to one side completely. These people are Ellie and Madameduck . Thank you.
There you go, guess what, that actually cost me not a penny (or cent, dime etc) to say that.
I don't know if anyone else feels like this (and this may be more frequently occurring in England than anywhere else) today's peeps are becoming more and more impolite. I walk through town, and I can either be with my son in his pushchair (not literally you understand, we wouldn't both fit!) or just with my Mum if the little chap is being looked after and I have to keep moving out the way, because I will get so many people that won't at least have the common courtesy to side step a little. Now I am not saying they should "move out my way" otherwise blatantly I would be considered as rude as them.
What I mean is, the gentle drift you do past each other to give each other the space to walk or even that kind of side step dance from one way to another that you do with someone, who doesn't just walk around in their own bubble. Because I tell you what, this makes both of us smile (or even laugh) and also thank the heavens no doubt, that there are other polite human beings on the planet.
The other thing that would be fantastically acceptable is at least to acknowledge the very notion that I have moved out the way for them, you know the sort of thing I mean, a smile, a nod of the head, or even a thank you.
So many times I have thought to myself, what would happen if I didn't move out the way completely for them? Well let me tell you, I have experimented this, and the person in question has just whacked into me, and then carried on in their own bubble, no sorry or anything. I have also had it where I have moved out of the way and they have still bumped into me without even a sorry. I cannot do this, if ever I have bumped into someone by accident, I have had to say sorry as this is my fault. However I am now increasingly finding myself saying sorry to people that have bumped into me.
When we are growing up, surely we are being taught right from wrong and manners maketh the man so to speak, or are we not anymore? I know that my husband-to-be and I are very much trying instill some manners in our little dude as early as poss (it's a task I can tell you!). Perhaps some people are taught this but then forget their manners along the way? Who knows, but the above I have described is an example, and if I carry on with any more examples I may just wind myself up, or sound like I am a complete moaning fool.
Suffice to say, the point I am getting across is that manners surely cost nothing at all, and yet when I come across someone that does have manners, it makes my day so very much better. This is merely an observation of mine, but does anyone else ever come across this also, feel free to give examples too, as this could be quite a topic for discussion (either that or a complete offload, whichever I do not mind!).
Thank you for taking the time to read, and passing the message on. (see that did not cost me a penny either, so easy!).