An act of kindnes and gentlemanly behavior

@foxyfire33 (10007)
United States
January 24, 2008 10:09am CST
This happened to me last night and as simple as it was it still really touched me so I wanted to share... I pulled in to the gas station and a younger man, probably early 20's came over and started asking about my car...it's a 1981 Mustang which is a popular "young guy car" around here. He then went into the store while I finished pumping the gas. I finished and unloaded my sleeping baby and this young man was waiting at the door to hold it open for me! Of course I thanked him! And then on my way back out he said "You have a good day now, miss"...Talk about politeness! Somebody raised that boy right that's for sure! The way people act anymore it's just so refreshing to have a young man behave so nicely. After I told him to have a good day too (and actually meant it) I left but it put me in such a good, happy mood. Funny how strangers are nicer to each other than family.
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@ersmommy1 (12595)
• United States
24 Jan 08
How nice. With people afraid of everything nowadays(sometimes rightly so)that is wonderful. Most people keep heads down. And don't speak to one another.The world would be a better place if we could follow that example.Good morning and have a good day to you.
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@zed_k4 (17619)
• Singapore
6 May 08
This man is a sure nice person and he certainly has such good manners that his parents are indeed very lucky to have him as their own. I have encountered several young mean and women in my lifetime whom I consider to be very polite and filled with a good behavior and the world seems to be a better place for all if most of us act like that. I do agree that at most times, strangers tend to be more nicer and civilized to us than our own family, but family values are certainly important to bring the character of that someone to live and strikes out as a positive person. Have a good day posting and good discussion here.
@zed_k4 (17619)
• Singapore
6 May 08
Sorry, I mean *men there, instead of mean..
• India
9 Oct 08
People are generally nice if they have nothing agianst you. Known people generally have their own axes to grind. hey must realise that politeness and courtesy goes a long way in mending fences.
@MsTickle (25136)
• Australia
9 May 08
It's incredibly heartwarming to hear this story....a stranger, a young person. It's almost a shame that we are so surprised and deighted. This should be the norm and not just in a perfect world. It's a lovely thing to happen to you, thank you for telling us.
@guss2000 (2233)
• United States
4 May 08
Wow, that was very nice of him! Sometimes we can run into someone that is so nice. It kinda makes up for the jerks in our life.
@Debs_place (10524)
• United States
25 Apr 08
That is nice and it is funny how the courtesy of a stranger can make such a difference. You are right, I think we often take our family for granted. I am glad that a stranger made your day.
@twoey68 (13650)
• United States
25 Apr 08
Isn't it nice that there are still decent human beings out there. I always enjoy when I run across someone like that. **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
@Hatley (164168)
• Garden Grove, California
6 Apr 08
That is odd that strangers really are nicer to each other than family. I order my groceries on line and have them delivered to my apartment. the young man who delivered them today was really so sweet and polite and when he left he smiled and said have a beautiful day and I knew he really meant it.that made me feelreally good for the rest of the day.
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
26 Jan 08
Sigh... I do this for plenty of people. I have noticed that only a few women really thank me or take regard of my manners. Most just glance funny or say nothing. ... -_- I think the best is when I say "have a nice day, miss", or "here you are", something along those lines, and nothing is said back. Yup. "Greeaaaat....!"/sarcasm -_- Alright, I'll quit being dry. I'm glad you ran into such a person Foxy. I'm very glad you took the time to notice it and respond.
@oriental (1051)
• Uruguay
25 Jan 08
My son is only 9 years old and many people have told my wife and me how charming and polite he is. I remember his doctor telling us that he was the first patient in a lot of years of practice who told him "thank your, doctor" before leaving. And he was about 4 or 5 years old! I hope he will keep being the same when a teenager!
@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
25 Jan 08
Foxyfire!! Are people really so rude there?! i'm sure you heard the running joke about canadians being so polite!! well we ALL are not so nice of course.. but if you go into ANY small community really on the east coast at least, you will be sHOCKED and probably APPALLED TOO!! People are just like that, When you go to cross the street as a pedestrian, even during high traffic time, PEOPLE WILL LET YOU CROSS!! its amazing. I lived there most of my life, and it wasn't till i came to ontario that i realized it wasn't like that everywhere!! If you ever get the chance to travel to canada make sure you go to the east coast ;) its very very nice, and charming ;) AND DONT FORGET TO STOP AND GET ME!! i miss my home! :)
@LittleMel (14033)
• Canada
25 Jan 08
wow that's really nice of him opening the door for you. I was a little bit worried when you said he asked about the car, but maybe he was just trying to make a conversation
@aissha (2036)
• India
25 Jan 08
yeah it feels nice and as u said refreshing specially u don't expect from 20 something. good experience ,it says good things an people exist still and they will be always.
@vanities (11409)
• Davao, Philippines
25 Jan 08
seldom now a days you can meet younger man who acts politely and gentlemanly ..probably his parents had raised him well...i wonder how many like him exist now a days...
25 Jan 08
It's a very nice story,and it's good to hear about that before to sleep...However, don't think it's so unfrequent to meet a young polite person..I'm 23, so more or less the same age of the man you described, and I always do practice some small acts of kindness, as for example letting a female person pass through doors before me, leaving a seat if a womam or an older person is standing, I try to always stand up when I greet, to never interrupt who's speaking and above all...I consider myself a great listener, and (even if it couldn't be seen as a "kind behaviour") this tends to be my most appreciated quality. Needless to say, I don't reflect when I do those little things...It's, I'd say, instinctive..but still I don't think my parents raised me in a special way, these should be normal behaviours for anyone...What? Oh yes, we're in 2008, these are "old-fashioned" mood.. Bring me back to the middle-ages,then!
@wisedragon (2328)
• Philippines
24 Jan 08
That's very nice indeed, especially for a guy that age. We need more people like that. And the parents who raised him, we need more parents like that.
@Trace86 (5033)
• United States
24 Jan 08
That was unexpected and refreshing. Way too many people nowadays are afraid of their own shadow and keep to themselves to avoid drawing attention to themselves and prevent a criminal from noticing them. It is amazing to me that it was a young guy. It is usually the older ones (60ish) that are sweet and helpful. My stepson is that age and is sporadically helpful and polite. Enjoy and savor the experience as it may not happen again for a long time.
@vicki2876 (5640)
• Canada
24 Jan 08
That is so nice. It is great that there are still very polite people out there and that people do notice it as well. It is true that you point out that sometimes people tend to treat strangers sometimes better than their own family.
@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
24 Jan 08
It is like a breath of fresh air, when we come across these rare type of people. So many of the younger generation don't have manners at all, and are down right rude. Glad you were able to reciprocate his kindness.