Monday through Friday, I go to this tall building five minutes from my front door and spend 8 hours earning a paycheck.  However, this story is not about my day job but about the fact that our youth are not learning how to be respectful.  So what brought this on today?  There is this young lady who I presume is in her 20s.  I see her most mornings coming in just a few minutes past 8:00am.  She is always walking at a frantic pace.  Many times she passes me and I can feel the back wind from her hastened pace.  This morning, like on a couple of other mornings, she breezed past me and rushed to the elevator bank.  I entered the lobby just as the elevator arrived.  The young lady rushed onto the elevator and I know she saw me as I picked up my pace to beat the door closing.  I saw her hand reach for the two buttons used to either open or close the doors.  No, she did not push the open door button, but the other one just as my arm reached between the doors to force them to reopen.  This is not the first time something like this has happened.  On a previous occasion, as I was approaching the elevator doors that were opening right in front of me, she suddenly rushed past me and jumped in knocking into me.  For that she had no choice but to apologize because she nearly knocked me over trying to get on the elevator.  This morning, I was really pissed off because I saw her deliberately try and close the doors before I could get on the elevator and made no attempt to help me as I worked the door back open.

The problem is she is not the only one.  There used to be a young man, also in his 20s, how worked on the same floor as me.  I would run into him at the elevators from time-to-time.  He was pretty much the same way, he would jump on the elevator, would not hold the door for me and one time let the glass outer door hit me.  He never even looked back as I gasped aloud.  The first time I saw him, I thought he was good looking and told my daughter she should come up to the office and randomly run into him, strike up a conversation, you know, get her flirt on.  Then within a week I retracted that statement.

As parents, we need to teach our children to be respectful.  Today’s homes have two working parents or single parents who have to work but we still have to instill in them the importance of treating our fellow man well.  Make them put down the electronic devices and help them be the best people they can be.