And who do I blame this on? Women. Particularly Mothers. When Jula and Felipe came they would just walk as if they were in their own little world. I had to explain to them the customs of proper etiquette and respect. Felipe quickly picked up Yes Maam and No Sir. Jula never did. Jula however did pick up on walking in front of shoppers looking at items on the shelves in aisles of stores. (Felipe, from the land who invented the word "PARTY" commented to me America has so many silent rules. Jula was familiar with rules as Germany has many more than ours.) My mom taught me to say, "Excuse me." when passing in front of shoppers doing just this. I have taught my sons to be polite and say yes Mam and No sir. I've taught them to say Yes and No instead of yeah and nah. Quite honestly I can't hear the difference between yeah and nah when the teenagers answer in slang.
We continued on our errands and went to the Lowes Store next to pick up sunflower seeds for the birds. I was still a little distraught over this lack of manners. So when I approached the back entrance there was a lady in line waiting to pay for her bottled water. I asked her if I could ask her a question and explained what had just happened to me. "What would you do if this happened to you?" She said, "I would say 'Excuse Me'" in the exact same tone I had said to this rude dude. I felt validated. I needed that. Is it just me I think sometimes or is the world filled with people who just don't give a damn about anyone else but themselves? I see it in ALL ages. This man was over sixty, the classmates who are under twenty are like this and the twenty or thirty something people I see do it too.
I hugged her and we picked up our forty pound bag of bird seed and three packets of seeds. At the counter we were telling the cashier what had happened. She said she has seen people who have fought over trays of flowers so badly that they pulled so hard the trays ripped in half! She said, "It doesn't surprise me as you wouldn't believe all the things I've seen here in this store. People are just crazy!" I try to figure out why. Is it due to all the different cultures we have living in Florida? Is it because parents have stopped parenting? Is it because kids are raising kids? I just don't understand when people are rude or mean to others due to nothing more than their own false sense of self-worth. I felt weird when we left the store and by the time we got to the car and put the seeds in it, I was having a laughing fit!
Steve was laughing too because laughing is contagious. When you hear someone else laughing uncontrollably, you start to giggle, then the giggle turns into an out right roar of a laugh. I tried to mutter the words, "Here the cashier was telling us people are crazy as I stand there paying for the seeds with a tiara on my head!" We roared some more, then we realized steve's zipper to his shorts was down! We imagined what she must have been thinking and we kept laughing. I laughed so hard I bent over and my tiara fell off. That made us laugh even harder. We're so craaaazzzzzyy! But here's the difference. The people who say they are crazy really aren't. Its the people who really don't know they are that we need to watch out for. Like the man at the Post Office.