And There You Have It

noun: courtesy;
the showing of politeness in one’s attitude and behavior
toward others.
noun: anachronism;
a thing belonging or appropriate to a period other than that
in which it exists, especially a thing that is conspicuously

And there you have it: courtesy, an anachronism,
he mumbled to himself as he stood in line
holding two items watching the young woman
in front of him glance at him holding two
items, put two week’s worth of
groceries on the belt and continue
straight on to check out only to
smile broadly and say, “Fine,” when
asked by the clerk how she was. It
was then he smiled at the young
woman and said, “Have a nice day,”
and that was the anachronism.


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