I have a pet peeve.
No, it’s not the assholes who don’t return their carts at Costco.
Well, that is one of my biggest pet peeves.
But this one is bigger.
I’ve written about it before.
It’s something that seriously pisses me off.
Something that I cannot, for the life of me, figure out why people do to one another.
Or don’t do to one another.
I am getting really tired of walking down a hallway or across a parking lot or into a building and passing someone along the way who pretends to have no idea I am there.
And I’m not talking about just the people who I know who blow right past me.
(And yes, there are many of those people. Mothers of kids that my kids go to school with who just walk right by without batting an eyelash).
No, I’m talking about everyone.
What is wrong with people that they do not acknowledge each other?
I just don’t get it.
How can you walk past another human being and pretend like that person doesn’t even exist?
Shouldn’t humans acknowledge other humans?
Even if you don’t know them?
Is it so hard to just be polite and say hello?
And if you just can’t muster up the energy to do that, even crack a smile?
Come on, people!
Spread some fucking cheer! Or at least some basic human decency and respect.
I have a friend who just moved up here from the South.
She has also noticed that the smiling muscles of the people here in Connecticut are severely underdeveloped.
Being the polite Southerner that she is, instead of giving them the finger, she did something else.
She started a Facebook page.
It’s called How About Smiling?
I think you should like it.
Even if you don’t live here in Connecticut.
Spread some love.
In addition to that, how about a challenge?
The next parking lot you walk through or hallway you walk down or building you enter, do three things to every single human within 10 feet of you:
1) Make eye contact.
3) Say hello.
It won’t kill you.
But on the off chance that it does,
at least you’ll know you were being nice on your way out.