Wednesday, April 18, 2012

GIVING UP YOUR SEAT: Mrs. Lemontree's Guide on How to Behave Here, There and Everywhere

A little kindness can go along way.
Something as simple as giving up your seat can bring a smile to someones face, ease their burden for a moment and maybe even make their day. 
On the bus or subway, in a crowded waiting room or any place where people outnumber the chairs, extend the courtesy to the elderly, ill or the physically handicapped by offering them your seat, regardless of sex (yours or theirs). Courtesy and kindness knows no gender.
Show consideration to pregnant women or parents with babies who, no matter how you spin it, have a heavier load to bear.
And men, call it old-fashioned (or whatever the term people use when they want to excuse behaviour that they know is inexcusable) but there is nothing nicer than stumbling upon a real gentleman, willing to give up his seat to a member of the opposite sex for no other reason than because he is a stand-up guy (the pun was definitely intended!).


Ridgely's Radar said...

This is how I was brought up.. stand up for strangers and give them your seat!

the golddigger said...

I was on the metro in Mexico City and saw a very pregnant woman enter. There were no empty seats. I kept waiting for the men near me to give her a seat, but they didn't, so I finally stood.

A nearby man swooped in and took my seat instead!

That shamed one of the older men into standing for the pregnant woman and into scolding the seat stealer. "You, sir," he said, "are no gentleman."

Catherine Robinson said...

You are absolutely right...just a little kindness can make somebody's day and you always feel better for giving it too...nothing is more important than being kind.
Lovely post.

Lena at A Crimson Kiss said...

Here here! I love the golddigger's story–can you imagine?

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Alexa said...

Seriously important to remember! xoxo

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Anastasia,

Excellent point you discussed here! It needs to be revived over and over again till it will sink in again, like we were raised in doing it as second nature. Still if I let elderly people in line go ahead and telling them yes Sir or yes Ma'am, Seniority first - there is always a big smile. So little recognition for their status anymore...
Love to you,


Antonella C'est moi said...

Great pos...have a nice day..kiss kiss from Italy