from the Piece of Cake Mysteries
by Jacklyn Brady
Whatever happened to manners? That's what I want to know. Just the other day, I was out making groceries at a local store. I was wheeling my buggy (known as a shopping cart to some of you) out the door when a young man came rushing up from behind me. I expected him to slow down and follow me outside at a reasonable pace, but he pushed his way right up next to me and almost got our two buggies stuck in the doorway in the process.
I'm sure you'll be happy to hear that I managed to cut him off at the last moment and get my own buggy outside first. But that only seemed to make him more impatient. He whipped around me so fast, he stirred up a breeze.
Now when I say he was young, I don't mean he was a teenager. No, this man was 50 if he was a day. Didn't bother with so much as an, "Excuse me, ma'am" or a "Pardon my extreme rudeness." Nothing at all. He just whipped past me and kept on rolling out into the parking lot. Seemed to me like he considered himself the most important person on the planet. Maybe it's a good thing he almost maimed me in his rush to get out of the store. Otherwise, I would not have pegged him for a VIP.
Well, off he trotted across the parking lot, intent to get on about his very important business, and I continued on toward my car at a more respectable pace. I put my three little bags into the car and pulled out just as careful as you please. Imagine my surprise when I stopped before merging into traffic on the street and looked into my rearview mirror. There was my "friend"fuming in a rundown old truck behind me.
Right away, I pegged him as a transplant to New Orleans. It's a well-known fact that no son of a Southern mama would even think of behaving that way. But even here, good manners seem to be flying out the window.
What about where you live? Do you see the same kinds of things happening in your town? I suppose it's too much to hope that some day we can return to a kinder, gentler way of life. What do you think?
Jacklyn Brady lives on the Gulf Coast and writes the Piece of Cake Mystery series which is set in New Orleans and features cake artist and trained pastry chef, Rita Lucero.
Rebel Without a Cake, book #5 in the Piece of Cake Mystery Series, is available at your favorite bookseller now! Jacklyn loves to hear from readers. Connect with her on the web: Website | Facebook | Twitter
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