Uncommon Courtesy…


When engaged in a brisk walk along a trail, one is witness to a variety of flora and fauna alike. At times though, it’s too bad that plants and trees and bushes do not possess vocal chords, for I’m quite certain that if they did, they would greet us with a hearty hello.

Which brings me to the main point of this post; is it so hard for another human being to utter a monosyllabic word in your direction?

Whatever happened to a simple “Hi!”?

Julie and I frequent this lovely stretch of land, known as the Westville Dam, a beautiful area that contains a meandering 2 1/2 mile trail wrapped around a winding river, culminating in the dam itself.

Of late, we have had exceptionally warm weather here, and so a welter of folk have deigned to partake in this brief excursion. Upon passing these people, we always elicit a hello. But for the most part we get nothing in return. It makes us believe that we have somehow procured Harry Potter’s ‘cloak of invisibility’, for no salutations are proffered from these folk.

How difficult can it be?

“Hi!” “Hello!” “Great day, isn’t it?” “Couldn’t be better!”, or something along those lines one would expect.

But to receive nary a nod of notice is, to say the least, quite rude. Julie and I chortle at such nonsense, and continue along our jaunt.

It really isn’t that hard to do, you know. One just has to make brief eye contact, open their mouth, and utter the single word, “Hi.” That’s it.

So the next time you are out for a stroll, and a fellow human being ambles by, just say hello. It’s not an invitation for a full-blown conversation; it’s not a hint that they are looking for anything else; it’s not that they want to marry you.

It’s just, simply, common courtesy.

Copyright, Paul Grignon, 2012, All Rights Reserved.


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