S o, not too long ago I was making a run to the grocery store. I was sitting in the car gathering my thoughts… [one tube of cinnamon rolls or two?] I looked over and watched a car pull up with a black middle-aged woman and her teenage son inside.
The boy got out of the car. He was handsome, and was on his phone with undoubtedly a pretty female. All the while, the woman (who I assumed to be his mom) stayed seated inside. She was perched to get out, but her door remained firmly closed.
Oh how sweet, I thought. His mom must be handicapped. To my amusement, her son proceeded to open his mother’s door to which the mom said ‘thanks’ and hopped (unassisted) out of the car. Did I just witness chivalry at it’s finest?
… from a teenage African American male no less.
My 1st reaction was irritation – Why in the heck couldn’t she open her own damn door?
After mulling it over for a bit, I determined that although unconventional, she was teaching her son a valuable lesson: respect for women. I’m sure he’s learned to have the highest regard for the opposite sex; something that many parents (especially in my community) neglect to teach their young sons.
I ultimately felt that this was a practice that I may adopt for my own son, and the husband agrees. I may tweak it a bit; but the lesson from that simple gesture is pretty invaluable: Ultimate respect for the women in your life.
That’s a wonderful sentiment that should be revived and upheld.