Uncommon Courtesy
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“All doors open to courtesy.”

– Thomas Fuller, English clergyman and historian


“Coming through!”

I was about to pull open the restaurant door when a boisterous troupe of young men and women marched past me and into the restaurant. I watched the door close behind them.

“No respect for their elders,” my lunch companion said with a wink.

“After you, old man,” I replied, pulling open the door for him.

“Mighty kind of you, young fella,” he responded and stepped inside.

It was then I noticed a couple of older ladies (at least, older than my friend and I) approaching the restaurant. I gestured for the ladies to go inside. They both nodded and smiled.

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