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What happened to respecting our elders?
Sorry in advance for the rant, but I posted this on my myspace page a bit ago, and saw something very similar while up north with friends this weekend.
I saw something today that really shocked me and got me thinking. I was walking into a restaurant, and noticed an elderly couple walking arm in arm to the restaurant a little ahead of me. As they were approaching the door, I noticed a guy, around my age walking up fast behind them. "Cool", I thought to myself, "he's going to get the door for them." WRONG. The punk cut them off just before they got to the door, making them actually stop and slid his scrawny *** through the door. He paused long enough to give them a look as if they were inconveniencing HIM by being slow going in to the restaurant! For some reason that pushed a button. I thought whatever happened to respecting our elders?? Whatever happened to chivalry?? Now, most of the people I know do show respect, but it looks like a developing trend for a lot of derelicts is that the elderly are old, slow, annoying, and basically get in the way.
A lot of you know my Grandpa passed away this summer from esophageal cancer just after Father's day. I had many long talks with him throughout the years, and he shared a vast amount of knowledge with me. The preacher at his funeral referred to him as a "man's man". He was gruff, didn't show a lot of emotion, but damn, he was sharp and full of knowledge. There was never a chat with Grandpa that I didn't go away without learning something new. A lot of his advice I have applied to many areas of my life. I know many people who would take an elderly person's chats as just ramblings of an old guy, but with time, comes wisdom. We think we know it all, but there is no substitute for experience. Most elderly people are more than happy to share knowledge about their past experiences with us in hopes of making us better persons. We just have to take the time to listen and respect the advice of someone who has been around 10+ times as many corners as we have.
Sorry for the rant, but I just had to vent. That's all for now.
Oh yeah, words of wisdom for the day - "Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."
Thanks for an ear.