I think this comes from many places for me. I think we've all noticed the rudeness level of people has really sky rocketed. I think I now understand why kids go running out in the road with no clue of the danger - my sister and I went to the State Fair Friday. People with strollers more than not, are some of the rudest. We were almost run over by a guy with a stroller, and this is how kids learn? wow... and the majority of the adults there were also unbelievably rude, we just shook our heads in shock on the way home.
Chivalry needs to come back in full force. Sure, there are a few guys out there that still are very sweet and gentlemanly, but it's becoming a lost art. Maybe I'm just growing up in the wrong era, I don't know. I was out on errands, in no hurry at all. I was heading to Kohl's, and saw a guy standing on an island in the parking lot. I stopped to let him cross. He got mad at me and angrily waved me on. Seriously? How can people get mad at you for being nice? My faith in humanity was restored as I was going into the store. A lady was on her way out with her hands full and I held the door for her, like the average human being should, at least those with a heart. She was shocked and so thankful, that is surprised me. I finished shopping smiling, even after the ogre.
My daughter is dating. Is it odd of me to have told her not to stop him from being a gentleman and let him open doors for her? As far as I'm concerned, that should be an automatic response to his interest in her, showing and 'honoring' her by doing simple, polite things. I watched him walk her to the car, wondering what a freak chance it would be that he would even open her car door for her. Nope. That's ok tho, he's a good kid, that just would have been an amazing sign that chivalry really does still exist. He's on the right track, I guess I just have seen too many knight in shining armour movies... one day her prince will come, maybe this one, maybe not.
Be kind to one another, and you can leave the heavy armour suit at home as long as it's always in the heart :)