Good Morning Disillusioned Shoppers,
I had an opportunity to offer a kid a ride this weekend after it was apparent his car broke down. I wanted to stop, I really did. But instead, I merely slowed slightly and drove by. What’s worse, I think I splashed him with ice water in the process! Jeez.
I don’t think it was fear, rather an overwhelming sense of indifference. Yesterday I had yet another opportunity to show “goodwill toward men,” but again exercised my option to ignore it. An older woman was struggling to keep her balance in the icy parking lot while carrying her groceries to the car. I could have helped her remain upright but instead dodged her as I walked past. Not looking back I heard her fall yelling painful expletives that in no way represented the yuletide spirit. I truly hope she didn’t hurt herself!
As most of us have experienced, the line at your local post office is always long and tedious. I’d just found a parking space after circling 20 minutes and was grateful it wasn’t 30. I secured my packages and made my way to the door and noticed a woman with one too many packages for her to handle. Remembering my vow of civility I asked if I could help. She accepted my offer and thanked me over and over for my act of kindness.
I offered the position in line ahead of me, and we engaged in small talk while slowly moving to the counter. What happened next will no doubt leave me forever scarred.
The expected 10 minutes was closer to 20 so I parked illegally and ran back in figuring I’d be close to the front of the line. The woman had just walked to the counter so I marched to the front of the line and waited for the next postal clerk. This caused the entire line to erupt with disapproval and with raised voices demanded I retreat to the end.
Pointing at the woman, I explained that she had held my place in line. I got her attention and asked her to back up my story. Instead, she shrugged her shoulders like she didn’t know what I was talking about and turned away.
The line became an ugly mob.
Mostly women, they were completely insensitive to my situation and got the attention of the manager who insisted I move or she’d call the authorities. In a complete huff, I moved to the end of the line.
Merry Christmas INDEED!!!!