A Lack of Good Manners

November 20, 2007

A couple of weeks ago, I was sitting in the back row at Girlie Girl’s Taiko class blogging my little heart out when I noticed a commotion going on in class. Apparently, one of the girls wet her pants and it was now running over the newly polished hard wood floor.

The strange thing was that no one, except the other kids, seemed to care. Not the Sensei (teacher), not the other parents, and not her Mom. This poor little girl looked back at her Mom and her 1 year old brother and all the Mom did was stare back. I don’t know, maybe she was in shock? Instead of going to her daughter and carrying her to the restroom, she let the girl walk to her and trail pee all along the way.

I felt sorry for them so I put my laptop down and went over to help. I offered to hold the baby while she got her daughter cleaned up. She was a little skeptical at first but I guess realized that she sees me every week and that I wasn’t waiting for just this moment to steal her baby.

After about 15 minutes, they came out of the restroom and I gave the baby back. Do you know what she said? Absolutely nothing. She just took the baby and went back to sit down. Now I was in shock! Where’s the common courtesy? Is it that difficult for her to say thank you? I decided to give her the benefit of the doubt and figured she was just too flustered or embarrassed to say anything.

When I saw her again this past weekend, I smiled and said Hi. Know what she did? Yup, completely ignored me. What is up with this woman? Would it kill her to at least smile at me?

I know I’m probably making more of this than I should. I know I should just chalk it up to a good deed done and let it go. But I am truly bothered by her lack of good manners. And what kind of message is she sending her children? I mean, doesn’t it all start at home?

Agree or disagree?

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44 Comments on “A Lack of Good Manners”

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Courtney said:

Definitely rude. Of her. How difficult would it have been to just say, “Thank you”? (I would have been falling all over myself thanking you, personally!)

And even more rude that nobody else bothered to even offer to help. That drives me completely batty.

Then again, these are the same people that won’t even say thank you when someone holds a door for them, or won’t hold a door for someone else. It’s a sad commentary on where the world is going.

Rest assured, you did the right, and NICE, thing. :) (But it would honestly bug me too…)

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Laura @ Laura Williams' Musings said:

Rude is not even begin to describe that. She was inconsiderate of her daughter and the rest of the class.

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