Monday, May 2, 2011

Respect your elders....

My mother spoke those words to me at a very young age and for the most part i live by it. But sometimes there are times when elders just cross the damn line and I find myself not able to live by my moms words of wisdom.

Example: a woman maybe in her late 50s was on the train with me and a seat opened up. I was about to offer it to her when she pushed by me causing me to drop my iPod. I was very upset but didn't say anything until she said " maybe if you weren't in the way that wouldn't have happened" to which I replied "I have no tome for this immature nonsense. Clearly all that gray hair hasn't made you wiser so this is a losing battle." 


I know, I know if my mother would have heard me she would have been appalled. But look she didn't have to say anything but sorry and since she didn't respect me enough to apologize for almost breaking my iPod i didn't have a problem showing her no respect. I'm sure this lady assumed i was a child and that she could just say anything and maybe the girl would curse at her but you know what they say about assumptions....


I try my best to be respectful but if its not reciprocated its a losing battle. I understand that they've lived a long life and deserve the respect but living a long life doesn't mean you have the right to be nasty and rude. If anything you should be the happiest person on the earth.

6 comments:

Smarty P. Jones said...

Girl, my mom taught me to respect my elders, too, but she also taught me not to be a doormat. She told me to get respect, you have to give it and if it's not given, you don't HAVE to return it.

Some folks feel like they are entitled to -ish just because they are old. I say "shit on that" every chance I get. Some people are just stupid.

12kyle said...

Ignorance knows no age. Cant say that i'm surprised

♥ CG ♥ said...

Yeah, I agree with Smarty and Kyle. Respect begets respect...

dejanae said...

smh
this old lady caught me with that same attitude in Target
i just shook my head

af said...

My parents taught me the same thing.
But it's almost like this generation of elders (from age 50 upwards) might have a screw loose.
They run around cursing, hanging with their kid's friends and wearing barely any clothing. Nothing about that behavior is respectable.

I remember waiting for the bus onetime and it was freezing outside. The driver wouldn't open the door (at first), but once he did I let his old arse have it! You just don't treat people like that!!

Maybe the solution to both of our problems is to not take public transport? haha

CoogieCruz said...

Did she say excuse me? Not that it really mattered just curious.

Old people are a trip and most are rude as shit especially in this City. They feel some sense of entitlement and talk bad about younger generations but yet their not helping the cause.

I would've nudged her a hip.