We want to see a return to common courtesy,
Of good manners and caring for one’s fellowman,
Of yielding to someone trying to get on the freeway,
Of using turn signals to let other drivers know
You are getting off.
Or waiting for your turn in a line
In the supermarket or department store,
And not attempting to push your way ahead of others
Who have been waiting patiently in line
for their turn.
Of salespeople, when it is your turn,
stopping your transaction in midstream
to answer a telephone–
Hello? It’s my turn in line and I am
a paying customer– and you can tell
from the conversation that its a personal call.
We are all tired of
rude sales people,
rude waitstaff in a restaurant
and rude drivers everwhere,
in a world where good manners seem to
have taken a back seat
to whatever it is
the other person wants
and wants it right now,
this minute, this very second
and to hell with the rest of the world
Or whoever else is waiting for their turn.
Sandra Lee Smith
February 26, 2009/retyped June 16, 2018