|The drive thru.|
So, this morning when I was waiting in the McDonalds drive-thru line (window down) , this chick on the sidewalk looks right at me and says, "Good Morning to you!". She did it in this very straight forward way and looked right into my eyes. I managed a lackadaisical "Oh hi!" right as she walked off.
I would have said more, but I was sort of taken aback. And impressed. Looking a total stranger in the face and saying good morning can be intimidating. What if the person just looks back at you like, "Do I know you?" Or even worse, what if I had rolled up my window? When I put myself out there, one of my biggest fears is having my kindness
Also, Good Morning Chick (or GMC for short, as she will be referred to in the rest of this post) was clearly not from around here. She didn't have the accent or the look (she was very bohemian-in our small town in West Virginia, everyone starts to kind of look alike. There wasn't anyone else at McDonalds wearing dreadlocks and a long I-have-a-minor-in-women's-lib skirt.). Which to me just adds to her bravery.
After I drive away, I was still thinking about GMC. I liked her moxie. Also, maybe she has a blog. And it's called Talking to Strangers. And she is traveling around the country to see who the friendliest people are. And she just goes around saying "Good Morning to you!" to random strangers to see who responds. Maybe GMC was onto something. Sounds like a fun experiment. Maybe I would try it.
Then I got to my Mom's house and saw this in the paper.
WV Man Writing Book About Kindness Shot In Montana
That's where messing around with the kindness of strangers will get you.
So here's my question friends. Which is the norm? GMC or me? Do you guys talk to strangers? If you do, are they kind back?
Thanks for coming along on my crazy train ride of thought.
p.s. Hi, Mom.