I met a very special young lady today. It quickly became obvious that she is not part of the general public. I just don’t know why.
My middle-aged wife and I pulled into the parking lot for the boarding kennel, parking in the space closest to the front door. As we stood there with a dog on a leash, fixing to open the gate, a twenty-something woman and her dog hurried in front of us and went in. Sugar and I looked at each other, checking to see whether we were invisible. She was not, nor was Rover. Sugar assured me that I was completely visible as well.
Judging by her attire, the woman who cut in front of us did not appear to be on her way to work because she was not yet dressed. She still was wearing bedroom slippers and sweat pants. I noticed attractively-tattooed ankles showing between the slippers and bottoms of her pants.
I wondered why she acted as if she was entitled to cut in front of us. Perhaps she is not from around these parts. Back where I come from, Planet Earth, folks are taught at an early age, approximately two years of age, to take turns, play nice, and say please.
The woman I described must not have been taught those things by her parents or teachers or anyone else, nor did she pick them up on her own during the first three decades of her life.
In his book, Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis writes about the universality of moral law, using as an example that if one sits in the chair of someone who has left the room but returns, the taker of the chair commonly says something like, “I’m sorry. I did not know that you were sitting here.” Or, “I’m sorry. I did not know that you were coming back.” The recognition that an apology is necessary proves the common belief that it is wrong to take another’s seat absent an exception to the rule.
It seems that the special person we encountered was absent from charm school on the day the class discussed that book, and on the day they studied Emily Post, and on the day they taught T he Golden Rule. She just was not taught how to fit in with those of us in The General Public. Poor thing! No one told her she ain’t special. It is an important lesson to learn.