Friday, January 29, 2010


It has been just three years since I have retired and I can truthfully say I have not missed working at all. I have never looked back with regret or thought I made a mistake in doing so.

I attend a monthly breakfast with other retired nurses and they all say they do not miss nursing either. I believe that says a lot about the profession.

I find that I am becoming more like other retirees in this sense: I am becoming more intolerant of rude and inconsiderate behaviors. During the last few months I have encountered several episodes of rudeness. I was shopping at a local department store and a young girl of about five or six years old was running through the store tipping over various articles and generally causing a uproar hollering at other kids playing tag. As she came around a corner she bumped into me and I told her to behave herself that she had bumped me. She then found her mother, pointed to me and said I was mean to her. Mother then replied " Don't pay attention to her honey, she's just a crabby lonely old lady."

Second incident: We were eating at a in store restaurant and sign displayed as large as could be a notice not to bring carts in the dining area as the area was quite small. A couple came in moved the sign and proceeded to park their cart next to their table blocking the way for other customers.

Third incident: Waiting to enter a parking spot, turn signals on when another car turned in front of us and took the spot. When I rolled down the window and commenced to tell him we were waiting first he started swearing and shaking his fist at me. I was afraid he might pull a gun or something so we hightailed it out of there. These are just three incidents by folks who feel such entitlement and feel that this behavior is totally acceptable.

I guess bad behavior is more difficult to accept the older you get because it is o different from the way most of us were taught.

On the other side of the coin however I find great hope in the younger generation at least those I have encountered.Most of them have a ready smile on their face and are quick to help you with a package or a door.

I know we all tend to brag about our granchildren but I have to say if my two young granddaughters acted that way once they never would again. It all comes down to the way you are raised doesn't it?

We were able to visit my son this year, hadn't seen him or our granddaughter for almost three years. It was wonderful to see the both of them we miss them a lot. The San Diego area is always so beautful. I have the two young granddaughter that are just a year apart and although they live so far away the simularitiesare amazing. Both just great kids.

Haven't posted for a while but hope to get in the groove again.


Anonymous said...

Glad you are blogging again. It certainly does come down to the way you are raised. When I was young we were taught to respect older people. Teachers were still in charge in the class room and parents backed them up. We didn't address older people by their first name! It was Mr. and Mrs. But... that's a long time ago.

dr sardonicus said...

I understand the groove; it comes and it goes. Good to see a new post from you, hope all is well in your parts.

fermicat said...

Good to see you again.

My Mom got so busy after she retired, I find it much harder to catch her at home than when she was working.