The Less Obvious Ones
Story and Photos by Les Tanner
Not long ago, as I was crossing the parking lot at a local market, an elderly lady coming toward me dropped a small parcel. As I picked it up and handed it to her, she said, “Thank you, sir.” My reply was a casual, “No problem.”
“You know,” she said with a smile, “In my day”—and there is little doubt that “her day” and “my day” were about the same—”the proper response to, ‘Thank you,’ was, ‘You’re welcome.’”
I’d known that once. Even practiced it. But it was so easy to slip into the modern vernacular and answer with, “No prob,” or “You bet,” or “Yep,”—or just a grunt. I’m trying to put that bit of common courtesy back into practice, and it’s not easy. In any case, thank you, parking lot lady.