Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Chivalry is Not Dead

I was shocked to be a part of not one, but two chivalrous acts today. I brought the kids to swimming as I always do. It's Tuesday which means a Parent/Child class for me and CJ. The girls get in the water 15 minutes before we do. So I went up like I usually do onto the patio to watch the girls for a little while in their swimming class. I was carrying CJ in my arms and had our beach bag over my shoulder. I walked over to the fence near this older gentleman who was reading the paper and stood there to watch the girls. Suddenly this older gentleman was offering me his seat.

I said, "No thank you we won't be up here too long I'm just watching."

He said, "Are you sure?"

"Yes, thank you though."

Wow, I don't know if it was because I had CJ or because I'm a woman or maybe a combination of the two, but I've never had that happen before. Let alone twice.

A few minutes later standing in the same spot I had put CJ down on the ground to watch because he was wiggling free from my arms. I stepped back and checked on him and turned around and another man was putting a chair behind me and then walked off. Huh, do I look really tired today or something? Like I really need a seat? Well, now CJ had something to play with anyways as he started pushing the chair around on the deck and climbing up onto it. Shortly after chasing him around with the chair I took him down to the pool so we could wait for our class to begin. I'm still reeling a bit though from those offers. It's not often these days you see a man give up a chair for a woman. It was actually rather refreshing. Don't get me wrong, I do believe that women can do just what men can do and all, but still it's nice for a woman to be treated like a lady with a man holding the door open and offering his seat on a crowded bus or something. I think that really goes a long way with a woman. Hopefully my son will learn to be a gentleman and offer his seat to a lady. I must admit, Joe does do this so he does have a good roll model to model after.


Stephanie said...

Hi! I saw you on McMomma's blog & you mentioned CT... I am from NH!

Chivalry does still exist, and it catches me by surprise when it happens as well.

When men open the doors for me, or move out of line so I can go in front of them...it's happend a few times to me in the past few days...and well, it made me feel good!

Hope you are enjoying the rest of your summer, and FINALLY the sun!