|Putah Creek, Davis CA|
Yesterday I ran a bunch of errands. Later in the day as I was driving home I thought about all of the people who had helped me that morning. First there was the nice young woman at the doctor's office who gladly made a photo copy for me first thing in the morning. She probably hadn't even been there for more than 15-20 minutes. Next up was my friend and hairdresser, Jill. She happily listened to all of my ridiculous comments about my hair and gave me a wonderful cut and style as always. And don't forget Jill's staff: Rhoda, and Sally (Jill's mom who is unfailingly nice to me) and Kirsten-wonderful ladies all of them who made my visit so pleasant. Continuing on to the store, I was helped by a nice woman who checked my groceries efficiently and also by a young man who wanted to carry them to my car. On the way back, thankfully I wasn't hit by the gentleman in the oncoming car who absolutely had to pass the car in front of him. At the hospital where I had my blood drawn, I was helped by Cassea and Peggi and Jen. (I especially thanked Jen because she had to stick me twice for the blood. :)) Finally, on the last leg of my trip, I was helped by all of the drivers who made it a point to stay in their own lane.
As I thanked each and every one of those people for helping me, I remembered my classmate's advice from way back when. I am starting to see that the use of "please" and "thank you" is not only a necessity and a nicety but it lets you know that you are engaged in an interaction with someone; that you are not just either taking or receiving. It's easy to look around sometimes and think , "What am I getting here?" By saying both "please" and "thank you" it's a reminder to stop and consider the back and forth that is inherent in any kind of exchange.