Observations From My Travels
I recently came back from our yearly convention for my online travel business. I landed in Atlanta and had to change terminals so I had to get on one of those trains than runs between the terminals in larger airports. So on I get suitcase in tow. The train was quite full. I managed to squirm my way to the back where there were some seats. Now I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid, we were always taught to give up our seats for an older person. I grabbed the pole as the train lurched forward and noticed the sign above the seats which read ” Please vacate your seat for an elderly or disabled person” well first of all…” WTF”? you need a sign to tell you that..isn’t that what parents are for? So, I stood and watched the young mom and dad with their two tweens just sit and stare and say nothing. By the way, I was not the only “older’ person standing on the train. I waited for the mom or dad to nudge their kids or to perhaps even get up themselves to offer me a seat. Never happened, in fact they seemed completely oblivious to anyone but themselves. Perhaps I need to wear my disabled car placard around my neck like I hang it around the rear view mirror when I park in the disabled space as it seems being older has no merit, I wonder if they would have stood for me then? As my journey progressed I noticed that this seemed to be the trend. During my trip, I was in four airports and on four trains and never once did I see a young person give up their seat for an older person.
What type of kids are we raising that are not even aware of what they are doing (or in this case NOT doing?) ? They don’t “see” what is right in front of them? It makes me sad that these children may grow into adults who are completely complacent to the needs and feelings of others. I have always taught my kids this and am fortunate to have two very well mannered and considerate children.. As parents we should be teaching our children so much more than how to tie a shoelace or eat with a knife and fork (which by the way, is something else parents are NOT doing but don’t even get me started on table manners)
Has this been your experience? Do today’s children seem to be a bit out of touch, lacking in not only manners but in how to treat the people around them? Your thoughts?
Julie is an online travel agent with a full service travel booking engine . She also offers other travel related options such as “Tickets Now” Vacation Clothing, as well as specialized vacations like Romance Vacations and Golfing and Spa Trips. She specializes in “vacations for the more seasoned traveler” Please visit her website for more information
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