Thursday, June 05, 2014
The past couple of days, I have spent time with family in settings that involve a lot of other people. I went to my niece's high school graduation and to a Tiger baseball game. I couldn't help but notice the behavior of others and how different and inconsiderate other people can be.
At the graduation, the principal started the ceremony off by stating that everyone must behave themselves and be respectful of others. No yelling out at the students and stay in your seats. I thought it odd that a principal would tell parents this. But, sure enough, the ceremony was stopped a few times and the statement was repeated. How hard is it to let everyone hear and see?
We had good seats at the Tiger game. When we arrived, people were sitting in our seats. The people in the row behind us had come to the game on a party bus. It was obvious that the party had started at least an hour before the game. Knowing that they didn't have to drive home, they weren't worried about how much they drank. From the start, comments were made to everyone walking by, including comments on my pregnant daughter. One guy was eating peanuts. The shells were all over him and the back of my friend. After the 5th inning, we could not put the tote bag by our feet. A full beer had been spilled under our feet.
How many of us have heard the "cackle" laugh that immediately grates us like nails on a chalkboard? Why is it that this type of thing gets worse with alcohol? Edith Bunker immediately came to mind.
I don't want to be judgmental of others. I'm not sure why I seem to be this way more lately. Is it because of my stress level? Is it my age? Do I just need an attitude adjustment? Things to think about...