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The Squeezer

Added: Thursday, May 16th 2019 at 6:39am by Thewritertwo

I'm the kind of person who hates saying, "Excuse me." At home, especially in the kitchen, if there is a little space between my wife and the dish washer, I squeeze through it, slightly open it and put my dishes in. Not a word of excuse is uttered. Many times, she would ridicule me for not saying excuse. In fact, she would ask if I was raised in a barn. I don't know why I hate saying excuse. It seems like it is such an inconvenience and waste of words that can be put to better use. 

Sometimes to get a better understanding of the value of little things like saying excuse me, the scenario has to be expanded on the bigger stage so that it could be understood better. Here we were at the check out counter at the Grocery Outlet. My wife, my daughter and myself the only ones in the pew. I had forgotten an item and rushed back to get it. I returned and squeezed myself past my daughter and placed the item with my wife's items. I heard my wife say, "You can't just squeeze through people like that. It is disrespectful. You should apologize to the lady." 

See, the person I thought was my daughter and who would not have had a problem with me squeezing past her because she is also a Squeezer, wasn't my daughter. She was an Asian elderly lady who barely spoke English. She was about the same height as my daughter. I was in shock. I started to belt out a long set of apologies. I was pleading with the lady to forgive my lack of manners and that it was not intentional. My wife took it a step further and said that I should apologize to my daughter. Kind of weird apologizing to my daughter when she is also a Squeezer.

Maybe the lesson was for both of us? Wouldn't that be like two thieves apologizing to each other for what they do best? Point is I am a Squeezer and I now have to learn how to break my squeezing habits. I will start my learning by politely asking my wife to excuse me as I make my way to the dishwasher. Ummn (sigh).

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Outstanding Food for Thought!!!!!!{#apploud.gif}{#apploud.gif}{#apploud.gif}

Writer you are hitting it out of the park recently!!  Especially on the little things that give us pause and require us to think!

It's a continuation of that discussion of Norms, Values and Morey's that we so need to have!

For the record, I am not a "Squeezer"....but I am admittedly addicted to the use of the word, "excuse me"!!{#basic-laugh.gif}

Thanks Winning. I hope more people will understand that I write to get people thinking even if it is controversial. I normally forget what I write the moment I write it.

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