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Have We Forgotten
by Donna Hale Chandler
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Rated "G" by the Author.
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The other day I left my bank feeling that the service I received was less than acceptable (to put it mildly) and as I ventured on to the grocery store, I grumbled to myself about the 'younger generation' and their lack of common courtsies.

I continue to be annoyed during my trips up and down the grocery store aisles. Finally I was in line, waiting to check out, when along came a 'senior citizen' who squeezed right in front of me.

I said to her, "Excuse me. There's a line." And she answered, "Yes, Honey, I know but I'm in a hurry."

Right then and there, the realization hit me. I know exactly why so many of our younger generation is lacking in manners. They can't be blamed. They're only following the example of their elders.


 

I wonder what has happened lately.
Have we forgotten how to be kind?
Or is it simply a case of each of us
beginning to lose our mind.
 
I’m sure our  mothers stressed
that ‘thank you ‘ is the thing to say.
Sadly it appears we hear it
less and less each day.
 
Are common courtesies gone,
considered to be out of fashion and old?
Is it more proper to appear
always arrogant and cold?
 
We should show our gratitude
when a good deed comes our way.
Hurt feelings can be caused
by things we DIDN’T say.
 
Let’s bring back thoughtfulness
consideration and appreciation..
Let’s not let good manners
go on a permanent vacation.
 
© copyright Donna Hale Chandler
 

Author of:
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Reviewed by JMS Bell 5/28/2012
YOU ARE RIGHT! THE OLDER GENERATION SHOULD BE THE EXAMPLE SETTERS, INSTEAD MANY OF US...WERE, AND STILL ARE...TERRIBLE GUIDES. THANKS FOR THIS WELL DONE REMINDER. LOVE, BLESSINGS AND FAITH...
JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 5/28/2012
A good lesson we should all remind ourselves about. When and work, my mind deep in some task to accomplish, I was often told that I didn't say “hello,” in passing or thank you when someone did something for me that I thought was rather routine.

Today, everyone is multitasking and human communication is broken down to the daily agenda and the cell phone. I was taught not to interrupt anyone on the phone. However, to wait for someone to get off the cell phone before you talk to them can present a very difficult problem. Don't you think?

Ron
Reviewed by Richard King 5/28/2012
I'd love to have been in line behind you. I'd have urged you to challenge her. "I'm sorry, but I'm in a hurry too. If you don't have time to go through the line properly, come back later. Now, either get your ass to the back of the line or put up your dukes.

I know you're too sweet to do that, but the more we allow these types of things to happen without challenging them, the worse it gets.... Perhaps screaming at the top of your lungs for security would have at least embarrassed her, but not without a certain amount of embarrassment coming your way too.

Of course, these comments come to you from a guy who wouldn't have said shit, if he'd had a mouth full.... You took the same course I probably would have taken. Put up with it, then rush home and write about it.

Nicely written, however. Dick
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 5/28/2012
I hear you, Donna! People, for the most part, are just not pleasant to be around anymore...everyone's in such a rush they don't have time to be nice. Nicely done! (Personally, I'd rather be around animals most of the time)

Anna
Reviewed by John Domino 5/27/2012
Hey Donna,

Great poem! Now let's if YOU and I turn his old world around!

THE PLEASE PEOPLE POEM

"Please" is what you say
when things are not gong your way.

Holding a door is what you do
so you don't slam the person behind you.

"Thank you" is how you express
your gratitude for kindness.

A hug is a gentle way.
to "love" someone
when you just don't know what to say.

Amen!

copyright 2012, John Michael Domino

P.S. Send this to 100 folks and see if they don't get a stroke!





Amen

Reviewed by Mark Lichterman 5/27/2012
Very good and, sadly, so true poem (at least for today's generation), Donna. I'm amazed at the bad manners of the elderly lady. If she were in a hurry, what would have been so terrible to ask if she might "please" jump in line before you... This lady is an exception because I cannot believe that the people of our generation are so ill mannered. Personally, seeing as you do not really know me, I am 100% a "Please" a "thank you" and a "I'll get that door for you" kind of person.
Mark



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