All I ask is for a simple “please” and “thank you”. That is all I ask.
Okay, that isn’t true. I ask for a lot more than that. I ask for turn signals and “pardon me” and eye contact and door-holding (from any gender, for any gender) and all of the tiny ways in which we communicate to each other that we know our own priorities are not the only priorities in the world, that we know our lives are very small and our concerns for the most part petty, that getting anywhere on time is not worth anyone else’s life, and that a genuine smile makes someone else’s day suck a little less.
Thank you to those of you who make the effort. I notice, and I am so grateful to you.
(This entry is part of one month of gratitude.)