There’s a world that I miss.
It’s a world where men took off their hats when they came indoors.
A world where men got up to give their seat on the bus or subway to a pregnant woman.
A world where people held doors open for each other, instead of letting them swing back into their faces.
A world where people understood that the point of headphones and earphones was so that only they had to listen to their music.
A world where people kept to the right, so that there was room on the sidewalk for everyone.
A world where people paid attention to where they were going.
A world people said “excuse me” when they bumped into you.
A world where people paid attention to street signs, like the ones that say ‘no parking’ or ‘no stopping’.
A world where people understood the concept of standing in line.
A world where people didn’t wear jeans to the theatre. Or running shoes. Or hoodies. Or jeans. Did I mention jeans?
A world where people made original music, or at least remade the entire song.
A world where people cancelled reservations that they weren’t going to keep.
A world where we didn’t have Real Housewives and the Shore. Where the rich people on TV were just actors playing rich people. Where the stupid people on TV were just actors playing stupid people… or politicians.
I’m not imagining this, right? That world existed? Where people treated each other with kindness, and respect, and civility? Where shooting to match the lowest common denominator wasn’t the preferred route in life. This wasn’t just something that I saw on TV or in the movies?
Regardless, I miss that world.