Wednesday, January 2, 2013
I watched as each row was dismissed. After a few minutes, I decided it was about 50/50. I didn't see a pattern based on age, dress, or companions. About half of the time once a man exited his row, he stepped back and let his wife, daughter, girlfriend, and/or mother go in front of him. The other half, he walked out in the order he left the pew.
This scene took place at a wedding I attended over Christmas break. I am not even sure what made me notice, other than we were one of the last rows to be released by the ushers so we watched a lot of people exit.
The guy in front of me walked out with his wife trailing about three feet behind, and he never even looked back. You could tell that was what they were used to. As I watched them, it bothered me a little.
So guys, which half are you in? Do you treat ladies with respect? What about classmates? Do you let the door slam in the face of the person behind you? Or do you stop and hold the door? Do you let a girl go in front of you? Is that uncool? Or do you show kindness and respect to classmates?
And what about you girls? Do you say thank you when someone shows good manners and treats you with respect? Or is that just too old fashioned? When someone extends an act of kindness how do you respond?
Do manners go out of style? Do you talk the talk, or walk the walk? How many times a day do you say thank you? Are good manners important when you are twelve years old? Is it just part of being a caring and considerate person? Or is it just something that doesn't matter until you are an adult?