Did you know that every year, March 21 is National Common Courtesy Day? Yup—a full day devoted to reviving those little niceties that Mom drilled into your head. But, uh, just a teensy problem here…
Well, hmmmm, I know that most of MY readers are far beyond that stuff. Saying excuse me? Not interrupting? Letting the pregnant woman on the train have your seat? Puh-lease—you folks have got. It. Covered.
So let’s take it further.
I’m declaring an Uncommon Courtesy Day. You know—the things you don’t have to do, the ones no one would miss—like running ahead to get the door for someone with a stroller; giving the only parking spot to the other driver, even though you saw it first; tipping when there isn’t a tip jar; straightening unruly chairs before leaving the café; reloading the tp dispenser in a public restroom; properly re-shelving a book from the overloaded library cart. Easy peasy, right?
And if you’re caught red-handed in the middle of an uncommon courtesy? If someone thanks you with a look of shock and surprise on her face, don’t miss your opportunity—tell her to pass it on. After all, it IS a holiday.
So what’s your uncommon courtesy for the day?