I am the type of person who will go out of their way to make sure that I ask the surly young cashier at Burger King, if they are having a nice day. I’m sure they never get asked that question. They are usually dumbfounded by the simple greeting as if it were a trick question. One girl gave me a look that literally translated into “Please help me get out of this fast food hell hole”. Another kid clearly thought I was being a jerk, and obviously did not want me to “Have it my way”.
My Daughter, Samantha, is mortified when I talk to strangers in her presence. She tells me in a stage whisper, “Mom, stop it!” Or, I hear her mutter to herself, “Oh my god Mom!” She also doesn’t like when I address people in the retail or fast food industry by their names. For example, I might say, ” Hi Helen, how is your day today?” Sam will almost immediately admonish me! When I ask her why, she says “It’s rude, and too personal!” I am completely befuddled by this comment because Helen is wearing a name tag that says…wait for it……Helen!!!!