My children and I went to the park to play some basketball, my four year old loves this. He dribbles the ball and passes it to me so that I can take a shot. The basketball court faces north to south so in the afternoon it is hard to shoot at the south end because of the sun. This unfortunately was the hoop we were left to shoot at because the other end was being utilized by two college/university age males playing road hockey. Since they were there before us I did not get upset about it, but it did cross my mind that maybe they were polite enough to ask if we wanted to change ends.
This was not to be, so my son and I toughed it out shooting hoops while burning our eyeballs on the sun. What really ended up irking me was that after about twenty minutes two male high school students came along with their basketballs. I was taught that one always asks if they can 'shoot' around as well and share the basketball hoop. Nope, I was wrong again. They started firing shots off left and right basically pushing my son and I off of the court.
To top it off, the two guys playing hockey asked the two basketball players if they wanted to switch ends! Needless to say I left the park with my kids somewhat disgusted by the lack of manners, consideration and respect I was shown. I by no means think that this incident encompasses all young people but it made me think if these four 'youths' in one afternoon behave this way, how often does it happen all the time?
Thought of the day: Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
Quote of the day: Courteousness is consideration for others; politeness is the method used to deliver such considerations. Bryant H. McGill (American author, aphorist, speaker and activist)