Out on a bike ride with my daughter this morning, across the lake and through to the park, we rode past people, workers, families, kids. So I’m a pretty friendly person and always polite, but at the same time I won’t tolerate rudeness.
Coming to a bridge workers were working on, I slowed my bike down, a worker just stared at us, no expression on his face, I said “hi” and smiled, he continued to stare with a sour look on his face. I actually burst out in laughter and said “Okay then, have a nice day.” I kept riding only to go past another worker with the same sour disposition, I smiled, he glared.
On the way back after a wonderful play in the park with my very happy daughter, we had to ride over the bridge and past the workers again. This time, the first worker looked at me and smiled and said ‘hi.’ I shook my head and smiled.
I seem to get it a lot, especially in my place of work where sometimes people look straight through me. I’m noticing it more and more, with children who you say hello too and they don’t answer, and their parents also ignore you.
What example are we setting for our children if we can’t even have the common courtesy to say hello?