Is it me?………….Have I become an anachronism? I believe I may have! I bring your attention to the case the “Door Opener!” Yes a simple matter of how the male species has lost all credibility with the modern female species.
I, that is me, while engaged in the normally harmless pursuit of Window shopping! Became embroiled in what would now appear to be a very dangerous occupation!
I was outside a well known Department store in our nearest large city. My other half, (she who must be obeyed!) was within, trying numerous garments, for an upcoming event. I, not being all that interested in ladies garments, after having made that terrible mistake, most men make, when asked by their spouses, out shopping, ” So what do you think?” I replied, ” Its fine dear.”
That question, should carry a Health Warning! And my answer ? it should never have passed my lips! God forbid!
Anyhow! There I was standing very near the double swing entrance doors to this Monolith of Female expenditure, when a young lady, carrying several large shopping bags, attempted to open the said doors. I without a momentary hesitation, stepped gallantly forward, and opened the door. A more polite gesture could not be envisioned!
Ah well! Was I wrong!……” What the hell do you think you are doing! Dont you think I`m capable of opening a door for myself? Thats typical of men today! Always trying to control women!”
This tirade, was of a somewhat loud nature, and caused me to be silent, for some time! While still holding the damn door open! Having regained my composure, and stepping quickly from the place of my own ridicule, I tried to hide my embarrassment. I was flummoxed! I could not begin to understand why opening a door for a lady, had caused such a response.
As I stood silent, I felt a tap on my shoulder, turning, I saw the doorman, he smiled at me. Smiling back he said, “ You have to be careful nowadays pal, some dont want the door opened `cos they believe in equality, others like it, `cos its polite, and its old fashioned manners.!” I began to open my mouth to answer, but he walked back to the doors.
I have to ask, “Where has manners gone? Where has the time honoured principle of being polite gone? Or am I alone? destined to wander the byways and highways of chivalry, all alone! I was always taught to open doors for a lady, be polite, tip your hat,(if you wear one), and give up your seat on a bus etc, for a lady, elderly or not. Or has reality finally caught up with me? I just dont know anymore. Was my generation the last to learn manners?
I`m off to the Pub!…………………….My brain hurts!