Growing up, my parents always made me hold the door open for others, give up my seat for an adult who needed it, and otherwise show respect for my elders. I believe this has gone by the wayside.
We were shopping at the Tacoma Mall Friday night and stopped to get a pretzel. The little four-table eating area (with two chairs per table) had a table in use, and another with a family of five that had pulled the other chairs over. There was a father, mother and three children, around 10, 7 and 5.
The youngest girl would not stay in her seat, and was up running around everywhere, so I asked if I (almost 60) could have her chair, as she was obviously not using it. The mom said no. Dad said once for her to sit down, but for the next 10 minutes, as I stood next to the table where my companion was seated, the little girl and her older brother ran around, played with the soda machine, and did everything but sit and eat.
I can’t tell you how many times my own children shared chairs or sat in my lap so that we weren’t selfish and deprived someone else of a place to sit. Looks like common courtesy is not taught anymore, which saddens me, and makes the world a grayer place.