A Walk to School
Girlie Girl’s school is about a quarter mile away from our home and I’m embarrassed to admit that I’ve been driving her to school every morning. Sometimes traffic is so bad in our area that the people we see walking will actually get to school before we do.
About 2 weeks ago, Girlie Girl asked if we could start walking. When asked why, she replied, “Because it will save our gas and help the environment.” How could I say no to that? So I started making the 1o minute round-trip walk every morning while pushing Baby Bug in her stroller. This has taught me one important lesson – I am definitely out of shape. When I arrive home, my heart is racing and I’m perspiring like I just ran a marathon. And it’s not like I’m even doing a power walk or anything.
Anyway, believe it or not, my lack of cardio stamina is not the point of this post, it’s this . . . why is it that when I encounter the same people every morning on our daily walk, they don’t say Hi?
Every morning we see the same people walking to school and I always greet them with a cheerful, “Good Morning”. More times than not I’m ignored. I see them the next day and the same thing happens. Am I breaking some sort of walking etiquette rule? Should I try to avert eye contact and hurriedly make my way across the street? Is it just too early in the morning for socialization?
And at what point do I just give up? Wouldn’t it be strange to just suddenly stop greeting these people after all this time? Sorry for all the questions but I’m so confused! Has anyone else experienced this or do I just live in an unsociable neighborhood?
BTW, anyone living in the Los Angeles area know if there’s a Joann’s or some sort of fabric store within a reasonable drive from LAX?
Comment Spotlight from GoovyOldLady of Groovy’s Ruminations:
Please keep greeting your co-walkers cheerfully. I think they’re smiling under all that grouchiness.
Once Mulletman and I were on the subway in Boston early in the morn for some sightseeing. The commuters boarded, shoved their faces in a book or newspaper or grooved silently to their MP3s. I SOOOOOOOOOO wanted to get their attention and invite them all to join me in a sing-along, but Mm absolutely forbid me to speak. It seems he was afraid I might actually irritate someone and they’d gun us down.
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