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Grocery Store Reflections


The other day I was at the supermarket and joined one of the few lines for check out that were open. Heading into a long weekend you can imagine the line was long, so that when a new cashier opened, people frantically scurried over in hopes of saving time. One such person was the 20-something year-old who, in his haste, took the opportunity to (unsubtly) bud in front of me.

I waited a moment to see if he would move out of the way. When I realized his actions were intentional I asked, “Do you have a grandfather?” He replied, “I don’t understand.” I repeated the question. When he didn’t answer I offered, “I suggest you speak to him about chivalry.” 

In reality it wasn’t an issue of chivalry at all but mere manners.

As a woman with this forum, I would like to use this as an opportunity to remind my (male) readers that manners matter and that even a little chivalry goes a long way. I strongly believe that a lot can be learned from generations raised when roles could be considered perhaps more "traditional".

Though women are fully independent and emancipated, this does not forego the right of every human being to respect. So choose not to open the door for your girlfriend if you don’t want to (or if she's just not into that), but good manners are always well placed.

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