I regrettably understand that chivalry is gone, but why do manners also follow its declining trend. I’m amazed that there was a time not too long ago where I could step out of a taxi and my driver would open the door for me. Taking only a few steps to the entrance of a local watering hole, I’d find another gentleman stranger opening the door with a tip of his hat. Similar to the wave done at a baseball stadium, each man sitting on his stool would leap out of their seat—perhaps even to offer me a drink.
One can dream of the past and have unwarranted demands of people, yet I find the main theme of my list of pet peeves, “manners”, quite justifiable:
1. Not saying “please” and “thank you”.
2. Not holding the door for the person behind you; despite age, and or gender
3. Chewing with your mouth open.
4. Not (at least attempting to) wash a dish/dishes used at another persons home.
5. Not writing or calling to thank someone for a gift, dinner, sex, or any other meaningful gesture.
6. Not offering your seat in a public venue to a woman, or older person.
I hope this doesn’t scare you off, or harsh your morning mellow. Obviously my mind is on the hater vibe. Nonetheless I do love and believe in humankind. This is our chance to re-teach the youth and ourselves to be kind, well-mannered individuals. Hey, you don’t have to jump out of your seat to buy me a beverage, but maybe helping an old person across the street might feel nice. And that’s a start.