Excuse me. Two very simple words. Two tiny words that can change your demeanor in a matter of seconds. Let’s take a look at this two word phrase. Excuse me, is an expression that asks for forgiveness for a social violation, such as bumping into someone or asking someone to move to the side so you can move around them with ease. No more, no less. Excuse me is a simple phrase used throughout daily life, or so I thought.
I don’t know if manners aren’t being taught anymore but often I find myself in daily situations on my commute, in the grocery store, walking home, visiting a tourist location, etc., where it is evident that people don’t know what the phrase “excuse me” means. Even worse, in every situation there is a wide age range of people who are totally brain-dead when this small phrase is uttered.
Without a doubt my mind is blown by the pure lack of response when I say “excuse me” in a crowd of people on the metro, museum, at the office, a restaurant or even on the street. Lately, it has irked me more than usual because it’s a manners issue, it’s a parenting issue. Now, as you all know I am not a parent so really I have no “right” to be saying what comes next, but I’m going to say it so take all of the offense you want; I don’t care. I don’t care anymore because apparently parents are not doing their “jobs” anymore and teaching simple courtesies of the world to their children who in-turn will be ruling the world in the coming generations. [Gawd, if I read this I’d think this was written by the most crotchety old person of all time who hated everything and everyone].
Maybe my Midwest upbringing made me nicer than the normal person. Maybe my kickass parents taught me more than the average parent. Maybe I notice (more than the average Millennial) that kids are running rampant around without control because kids freak me out. Maybe the fact that the phrase “excuse me” is common anymore should be. Call me old school, but let’s bring these tiny two words back into our normal repertoire. I’m lobbying for this phrase to be common until the day I die.