Ever remember how when you were little you swore you’d never do certain things that you saw older people do- then only after so many years you find yourself doing those exact particular things?
Today I was at the gas station and there were some pre-teen kids there buying the usual unhealthy, sugar filled snacks. They weren’t doing anything too bad- just the occasional swear word and the multiple trips to the counter to fill up their bag. Suddenly they started just placing their money on the counter and telling the attendant what they already put in the bag.
My lecture alarm went off.
I went into ‘old person’ mode and begin to tell them all the things they did wrong and how these little consumers should conduct business while at the store- much like their mother would or should’ve done (though the only child I have has 4 legs).
“Yes Ma’am.” Was their response, once I finished.
I’m not old enough to be “ma’am” yet but for all intents and purposes my point was made. Still, how did I get so old as to give a damn about this kind of stuff? I sit here thinking about this now as my inner young-self rolls her eyes and giggles at the irony.
I suppose the world won’t get any worse if I do actually show concern about these little things. Too often the public is only concerned about themselves and no one pays attention to help out today’s youth who truly tend to be lost in this overwhelming world.
As long as I don’t get too preachy, I suppose what I did was okay (laugh).
What are your thoughts? Are you becoming similar to what you agreed you wouldn’t?