Richard and I were in line waiting to exit from Costco when a guy in his twenties pushed ahead of us.  Irked, I mumbled something about being rude.

The young man whirled about and snarled, “I can’t wait for old people to get moving.

I replied,  “You should be so lucky to live as long.”  Since that day, I’ve thought of all kinds of responses:  too bad you flunked anger-management class; what other manners did your mommy teach you; or to quote Forrest Gump’s mother, “Stupid is as stupid does.”  Besides wishing I could be more clever sooner, I’ve wondered if I did, would I be as rude as he?

Today I read the following on facebook:  “Rudeness is a weak person’s imitation of strength.”  1 Corinthians 13:5 NIV says, “[Love] is not rude, it is not self-seeking.  It is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.”  Oops!  guess it’s time to let this one go, or as a native New Yorker would say, “Ferget-abat-it.”



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