Is it my imagination or have manners all but become extinct anymore? Seriously, have we all just decided to become a-holes and only think about ourselves? I mean, crap, I’ve got places to go and people to see too, but that doesn’t mean I need to stampede the little old lady in front of me to get there any faster. How am I supposed to teach my kids about manners if nobody anywhere around them seems to have any of their own?
One of my constant encounters with rudeness takes place each and every week at my favorite yoga class. There’s this one certain woman who inevitably always plops her shit down right next to my mat. I cringe every time I think about trying to meditate next to this crazy bitch. She is like a bull in a china shop. The woman doesn’t have a clue how to be quiet about anything. She’s constantly texting on her obnoxiously loud phone (does she not know about the silent feature?!) and every so often even taking calls right in the middle of the freaking class. And she never stays for the duration of the class. She waits until everyone is lying completely still in “savasana,” which is the word for corpse pose, to pack up all her crap without any regard whatsoever to the fact that everyone is supposed to be in a complete state of relaxation by this point of the class. It’s a little hard to be relaxed when homegirl’s undoing the velcro strap for her mat, digging in her purse for her keys, putting on her clunky shoes, and literally stomping across the width of the room, all so she can be two or three minutes ahead of the crowd. It really pisses me off, and I can’t imagine how difficult it must be for the instructor to keep her cool. She must be a lot more centered than me.
Another one of my recent brushes with the rudeness of humankind was as I was leaving CVS the other day. I needed to turn left out of the parking lot, which was not an easy task, given the super busy street it intersects. I was like the chicken trying to cross the road, just waiting as patiently as I could for any opening. Chalk it up to bad timing cause I wasn’t going anywhere fast. All of a sudden, I heard someone laying on the horn behind me. I glanced into my rearview mirror to see yet another bad-mannered lunatic screaming and cussing and flailing her arms about in the car behind me. What in holy hell did this insane woman want me to do? Did she honestly expect me to just go barreling out into oncoming traffic and push the other cars out of the way for her? When I finally was able to turn, she yelled “Stupid bitch!” and flipped me off through her open window. Hmmm, seems to me that she’s the one not quite playing with a full deck if she thought causing a multi-car pileup seemed like a reasonable way for her to get where she needed to go more quickly.
And yet another case of tactlessness with which I continually cross paths takes place right here in my very own neighborhood with other fellow dog owners. It’s beyond me how some of my neighbors don’t seem to have any qualms at all with allowing their loose dogs to just randomly roam the streets. This one dog in particular is always wandering around in other people’s yards just looking for the perfect spot to lay a monstrous pile of dung, which of course won’t EVER be poop scooped by his owner since he is MIA. Then there’s also another sad excuse for a dog that runs amuck through our hood on just three short and stumpy little legs. Now I don’t know about you, but I don’t think it’s the wisest decision in the world to let a gimpy little mutt hobble about the streets all alone. Hell, that’s probably how he lost his leg in the first place. ”Lucky,” as my husband and I refer to him, is always causing passersby to stop and question if the poor thing is lost. And, naturally, he is also leaving little piles of brown surprises in all the neighbor’s yards. If I, myself, didn’t have any cooth, I would plop our new pup smack dab on their doorsteps to leave a few things of his own behind to thank them for their neighborly ways. But, you see, I actually do have some shreds of decency in my bones, so I will not ever do that.
I really don’t understand what has happened to our society. What about doing unto others as you would have them do unto you? Have people just become too busy or better yet, too selfish to think about the consequences of their actions? It seems to me that we all need to take a little lesson from Aretha and start showing some R-E-S-P-E-C-T for one another.