The other night my wife and I had our granddaughters for a sleepover and, of course, McDonald’s was their choice for supper. We usually hit the McDonald’s on Rochdale so the girls can have fun in the play area they have set up there. I thought they were a little old for that now, but as long as now one gets stuck in anything, who am I to deny them a fun time after supper?
As the girls were playing and my wife was in the washroom, I thought I’d get up and refill my pop cup. As I was walking to the pop machine I crossed in front of an older lady and excused myself for walking in front of her. As I came back she was still standing there and I excused myself again.
Less than a minute later, as I was sitting by my lonesome at our table, the lady came up to me and said, “I just wanted you to know that I don’t see many men with the kind of manners you have. Thank you.”
I know I sound loud and obnoxious on the radio, but to be honest, that’s my shtick. I mean, I am like that, but I was also raised with manners.
My parents raised us children to always say please and thank you. They taught us to be courteous to strangers. They taught us to acknowledge people with a simple good morning, good afternoon, or good evening. In short, they simply taught us to be nice to people. Mind you, there are always those people that I don’t abide by those rules for, and that’s by choice. That’s not very big of me, but there are people out there that simply don’t deserve my common courtesy.
I always get annoyed by those who can’t say good morning or throw in a please or thank you when they’re being waited on. I’ve had people who walk in front of me when I’m looking at something on a shopping aisle who don’t excuse themselves and I always think to myself, “How rude.”
If I ask you for something I will always say please. When I receive what I’m asking for I will always say thank you.
It’s a shame that common courtesy really isn’t that common.