Can someone tell me what is going on with the human race these days please?
Fact is, times are harder and we all have our crosses to bear and problems to deal with.
But does this really mean that taking it out on others is the answer?
Can nobody see that by just being a little kinder and more understanding to your fellow man, that it might just help you too?
Ok, so I'm slightly less tolerant at the moment.
I'm covered from head to toe in itchy red eczema, because I've developed an allergy to something and nobody's got a clue what it is.
And looking after two preschooler boys on my own for seven weeks of the summer holidays is, shall we say, testing.
But, fact is, being nice makes you feel better inside and that's why I still find the ability to be kind and sympathetic to others and I'm no saint by any stretch of the imagination!
Like in Sainsburys today. Pushing a trolley round with two little monkeys inside, tends to take your concentration.
So I pulled up to a checkout that had a tiny sign on it saying it was closing. Terribly sorry, I didn't see it, ok I'll move on.
Was it me huffing and puffing at the inconvenience? No, it was the (older) checkout assistant rolling her eyes at the (older) customer she was serving.
Did I deserve that? No. Totally unnecessary.
But, it seems people these days would rather be nasty than nice.
Another example - trying to pull out of my street onto the main road. Even though the traffic is coming to a halt, people would rather look at you like you're something they've trodden in and pull up in front of you than let you out in front of them.
Quite honestly it makes me feel a little ill. What is wrong with these people?
I know it can't be the case all the time but at the minute it feels like customer service, manners, friendliness and just a simple supportive smile have all but gone.
And I tell you one thing for sure, it's not going to get any of us anywhere.
On the positive side, minutes after the Sainsbury's incident, another assistant was chatting to my little boy, giving him high fives and making him laugh while my other child helped me unload the trolley.
Now, why can't things be like that more? It's so much easier for all concerned!
I suppose it's just down to the individual, but I'm still going to keep trying to be nice whatever, so there.
Rant over. As you were... :-)