Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Midwest Folks are so nice!
As you know we've lived in Arizona now a little over one month. The biggest difference here is not the weather. Not the congested areas. Not the pollution. Not the sun. Its the people.
Ooogles and oogles of RUDE people!
Pick up your tray at McDonald's and put your trash in the garbage?
Even if your table is situated right next to the garbage and is practically touching the can?
Let your 14 year old play on the McDonald's play place running around like a heathen?
Walk your grocery cart back to the store or to the cart corral?
Even if you are parked right next to the cart corral you will just leave it in your parking space?
Push your cart to the bus stop at the end of the Wal-Mart parking lot to hold your groceries while you wait for the bus and then just leave it there next to the 50 other carts?
Say hello or good morning back when a nice jogger/biker comes by?
Pretend not to speak English when someone asks where the swim diapers are?
Stare at the 80 year old man in Costco who can't quite lift and load his cat litter but never go over to help? Yup.
Stare at the stranger who decides to help him like she's a freak?
These little things are so frustrating I can barely take it. I have spouted out a few times about the grocery cart thing to perfect strangers. Then I remember we are in a big city now and I should just shut my mouth.
Today in the mail we had a nice surprise from Iowa.
The people we sold our house to sent us a thank you card! How nice!
An older midwestern doctor and his wife sent a hand written note just thanking us for cleaning the house so well when we moved out and helping them measure rooms, remember where we bought hardwood, etc. The wife even commented that they were initially going to repaint (I LOVE color) but after holding out they decided to leave the red, purple, green, and tan rooms and live with them! The note wasn't anything too special or intimate but it was just a nice gesture from a stranger.
It was a good card to get and made me feel great about where we came from. Now if only we can try to instill old fashioned caring into these westerners....