This quality seems to be in short supply these days. My husband is a Texan, and never fails to say yes ma’am or no, sir every time. I learned to write a thank-you note for everything and bring an apple for the teacher.
Yesterday I observed that in a state with vigorous laws against jaywalkers and warning motorists to stop for pedestrians, I’ve never seen either enforced or adhered to.
I’ve even stopped my car for a pedestrian on her cell phone in the street at a major crosswalk and she yelled at me and asked what I was looking at. Let’s just say she was not my generation and leave it at that. Rude.
Until today. It was about eight this morning and the dog and I went for our second morning walk (she’s a herder and it’s “routine”). En route home at a legitimate crosswalk a car came to a full stop and invited us to cross the street. Here for ten months, first time that has happened. I should have taken the license plate number and sent a thank you note. Sorry, Auntie L.
Here is your thank-you note. Thank you for not speeding on our street or honking your horn and gracious thanks especially for stopping your car and inviting an old lady and her old dog cross the street safely. May I or someone else provide a similar service for you one day soon. You made my morning! I even sang portions of Oklahoma, and Do Re Mi! In public – yeah, sorry about that.
This is the cosmic “point system” at work. Ten years of marriage and my husband still likes to open the car door for me. Dog Zoe and I still see him off, each with a high five (well, she’s still learning, I’d hoped for more of a Lassie but we’ll work on it). Do unto others…
Help “newbies” get the lay of the land with a homemade dinner (with plates, silverware and pots) while they open boxes, bring soup and crackers to folks with the flu, band-aids or herbal regimens when needed. Chili, omelets, dog walking, cat sitting, volunteering: I’ve done it all.
My points are accumulating. Hopefully they’re all stored up somewhere so we can use them if needed one day. So, say please and thank you, be gracious and civil and teach your kids to do the same and it’ll be a better world. Thank you for reading my blog, have a tremendous day. Dee