I’ve seen some things.  Haven’t we all?  These two scenes are in my mind, and seem worthy of sharing.  Since it’s been over a month since I saw both scenes… and still, they play about in my memory… I think it’s time to write it all down.

One story takes place between a mother and her son.  Kids were playing, boys were rough-housing, place was crowded, atmosphere was fun and loud.  This son is on the verge of becoming a teenager.  Just on the verge.  Some silly gadget got out of control and came careening over the upstairs balcony into his mom, knocking something out of her hands.  No harm, nothing broken, no pain… could have easily been laughed off by everyone around.  But this kid charged down the stairs, and with laughter all around helped pick everything up, asking his mother if she was okay, with more than one “sorry about that”.  It was all just joyous.  The mood was festive and it stayed that way.   I’m quite sure it would have stayed that way if he had called out over the balcony, “Sorry, Mom!”  In fact… that’s what I was expecting.  But this young man was a gentleman.  I enjoyed seeing it.

The other story also involves stairs, and involves a husband and wife.  I was just driving up to this building, so I witnessed it from my car.  We were all going to a building that requires climbing up some stairs to the front door, or using the ramp.  I saw a woman I know going up the stairs.  And then I saw her husband sitting in their vehicle.  We were in a loading area, so the cars needed to be moved, and he was obviously going to move theirs on out to the parking lot… but there he sat in front of me, making sure she made it to the top of those steps before he drove off.  The steps aren’t a huge deal, and this woman is quite capable of climbing them.  I’m sure she had no idea he was not moving that car until he was sure she was safely inside.  She didn’t glance back.  But he was leaning down low to see out of the passenger window, and when she was safe and sound he sat up and pulled on out to the parking lot.   And I just watched it all with a lump in my throat.  This man was a gentleman.  I enjoyed seeing it.

Thanks, gentlemen!  People are watching… and we appreciate it.

5 Responses to “Gentlemen”

  1. Nico says:

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Marcea Clive says:

    I have noticed, since moving back to Portales, that there are still men who tip their hats to ladies.

  3. Sandy says:

    Oh yes… plenty of gentlemen in our town!

  4. Cheryl says:

    And it’s nice to know that there are still women who appreciate gentlemenly acts! I really think there are just some women who don’t want to admit that they appreciate it. Thanks for noticing and thanks for sharing.

  5. Robin Green says:

    Those are heartening stories – especially since they’re true. Chivalry is not dead after all.

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