Thank you: A funny little word (or two)

By Jim K, December 1, 2008

Not many people say thank you anymore. You hold a door for someone — they walk right past you. You let someone go ahead in line or wave them on at a four way stop — sometimes they’ll look at you, but that’s all. I say ‘thank you’ in a store and the clerk looks funny at me.

In a line, or in a grocery store, someone bumps into you — do you hear “sorry”? Where are these words going?

Today I went to the coffee shop and just for the fun of it I said, “good morning” to the people sitting at three different tables. I got two nods, three grunts, and a blank stare. I think we’re going back to the cavemen days.

While I can, I’m going to say “thank you.” It’s just a funny little word (or two).

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2 responses to “Thank you: A funny little word (or two)

  1. I HAVE NOTICED THE SAME THING BUT I LOVE THE TIMES WHEN A PERSON LOOKS AT YOU AND SMILES WHEN I SAY THANK YOU. SEEMS TO BE THE OLDER PERSON RATHER THAN THE YOUNG. I BELIEVE THEY WILL LEARN TO BE APPRECIATIVE, WHEN THEY GET TO BE 40. THANK YOU FOR YOUR OBSERVATION, JIM.
    CAROLYN

  2. Michele Brubaker

    Jim,

    I listened to Maya Angelou, a noted poet, writer this morning. The interviewer said that years back, she was greeted by Angelou with a “Good Morning!” that brightened the room and her life. Since that day, she has greeted everyone with the same “shiny” “Good Morning!” and she claims that people respond positively. An hour later, a caller called in to say that Angelou had changed his life with her “Good Morning!”–so much so that his life turned around, he went to school and earned a degree and now says that no one knows what that sunny greeting can do to transform someone’s gloom.

    So, continue to say thank you or good morning and brighten your day if no one else care to respond to your “sunshine.” One never knows. . . .

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