I’ve been biting my tongue for years now and it’s just about chewed through. I think it’s time for me to pull up my asbestos undies, break out the rattly old soap box, and speak my piece… Y’ALL NEED TO KEEP TO THE RIGHT!
No, this is not a political statement. If it was, I’d be at least a week late. I’m talking about what you all need to do when you do your daily business (no, not that business, geez).
One of the few things I remember from school is my kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Legger (bless her heart), telling us over and over: “Keep to the right, and you’ll never go wrong!” Of course, we all drive on the right side of the road in this great country, and we should all move to the right when walking, too. Whether it’s a stroll down the sidewalk, pushing your cart through the grocery store, or passing through a doorway, move to your right!
Do they even teach this anymore in school? It wasn’t until about 30 years ago that I noticed people breaking this age-old courtesy which, not so coincidentally, was when people stopped stopping for cars and dared them to hit ’em in parking lots. I get that the pedestrian has the right of way and all, but when it comes to bones versus steel, steel is undefeated. At least make sure the driver makes eye contact before playing no-win chicken. But I digress.
Common sense supports my “keep to the right” plea. Most of us would prefer to avoid that uncomfortable “hallway tango” when we’re just trying to get through the day minimizing as much human contact as possible. It’s easy, it makes life less stressful, and it helps us to avoid accidental touching of the perspirationally challenged. And you know I’m right!