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Robin's Roost - rest your feathers!

As I write this, it is spring break and we have been enjoying some exceptionally beautiful weather, considerably warmer than what March "normally" brings us. But now that spring break has arrived, we are getting a brief revisit to a more wintry climate.The migratory birds must be very confused!

An incident happened to me recently that has continued to play in my mind. I was recently at a large home improvement store to pick up a couple of things and as I was walking carrying the two things I had picked up and going to find the final thing I needed, I found the aisle the final item was on was FILLED with palettes of inventory waiting to be fork-lifted up onto the high shelves. It made the remaining space rather narrow. In the middle of that remaining space was a cart belonging to two women who were standing at the side and looking at things on the shelves and reading labels. I did not touch the cart, I did not say anything, I didn't even make eye contact. As I approached, I saw the younger of the two turn to watch me and she made no move to touch or move the cart. When I reached the cart I simply turned sideways to maneuver the things I was carrying between the cart and the gigantic pile on the palette. I cleared the space easily and continued walking, only to realize the woman was yelling at me. Literally yelling at me! She was hurling insults at me and calling me names. I did not break stride, nor did I turn around, I just kept going to the space that had the item I needed, picked it up, and left the aisle without going by them again.

This has gotten me wondering - what has happened to us? Since when is screaming insults and cruel things at a total stranger acceptable? I see this happen a lot, but I am rarely on the receiving end of it, and I don't think I have ever been on the delivering end of it. It startled me and left me a bit shaken. I am not talking about political correctness here, I'm talking about human decency and kindness and social norms - this woman's behavior was none of those things. The level of road rage that is out there, people getting out of their cars and shooting each other, people screaming at each other, mother's pulling guns on each other in school pick up/drop off lines - it boggles the mind. I know people are angry, a LOT of people are angry over a lot of different things for a lot of different reasons, but how does this behavior help? Nearly everyone is going through some kind of hardship and no one knows the burdens anyone else is carrying at any given time. It does not hurt anyone to show kindness and compassion. As Red Green used to say, "We're all in this together", maybe if we start reinserting kindness and compassion and patience in our interactions, some of the raging anger will start to cool - or at least be directed at the appropriate source(s) and not at total strangers. My two cents.

In the meantime, escape the building rage, come join us for an event, I can pretty much guarantee you won't be yelled at or called names or insulted, although some of us do get affectionately teased from time to time. It will just be a nice time of friendly camaraderie.

Robin

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