Daily Prompt: City Planners
If you could clone one element from another city you’ve visited — a building, a cultural institution, a common street food etc — and bring it to your home town, what would it be?


The one thing I would like to bring back would be manners. There is definitely a lack of manners.

I stayed in Troy, NY, for three months. That was way back. Maybe the people there have changed too.

I do find people here lacking in manners.

If you were going after some person right into the building, the one ahead of you, would hold the door open for you, and let you pass. Nobody does it here.

Another thing is, if you are the one holding the door, the person you let through doesn’t say, thank you. He or she thinks, you are the official doorman, or something like that. Maybe the person thinks, he or she is a royalty.

Total strangers would give you a smile, if accidentally your eyes met. Sorry, there is no smile here. If you smile at them, in return you get a stare which effectively freezes you. Maybe they have Botox in their cheeks, they can’t smile.

People have started littering. On walks I see things thrown on the grass, or near a shrub. That is so annoying.

8 thoughts on “Manners”

  1. Believe it or not, this rare form of intelligence is making a come-back here in the Detroit area, and among all creatures, youth! I don’t know how many times I’ve approached a swinging door only to have some young boy turn, smile, and even attempt to bow as I pass by in utter disbelief – and yes, by all means, I say THANK YOU and mean it 😀


    1. Thanks for pointing out. I don’t know what I was thinking off. I am going through a crisis, and on top of that, the Van my daughter in law was driving met with an accident. My grandson and I were with her. I was thrown, and my grandson had his neck slashed with the car belt. All of us are allright, but I couldn’t correct what I wrote.


  2. I agree. Manners have gone out the proverbial window. Period. And as you say, they say thank you when you hold the door open for them only rarely… then get into line before you and then take a bazillion minutes to order a coffee. 🙂


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