Excuse Me

Excuse Me! These two little words can convey such a lot. While out shopping in the grocery store there was an elderly gentleman looking at a shelf. The rest of the aisle was blocked so I said, Excuse Me and walked in between him and the shelf and got the item I wanted. As I was walking away he said to me, “I can see you’ve got good manners.” He went on to say that people aren’t polite or have manners anymore. They push past, walk in front of you, or just stretch over you when they want to get something without uttering a word. After chatting for a couple of minutes we went our separate ways, but those two words stuck with me.

Excuse Me. Being polite or having manners has always been something that comes naturally to me and my family. From as far back as I can remember we’re taught to say excuse me if you’re going in someone’s way. We say hello, good night, good morning, please and thank you. But until now I had not realized just how much people outside my family circle aren’t as polite or good mannered. Everyone is in such a rush to get what they want, and get where they’re going that for many manners goes out the window.

In this age of technology where we live our lives electronically, we don’t need to be polite or have manners when we interact via email or social media. But we all need to remember that we have to go outside and interact with other people at some point. So, just remember to say Excuse Me, when you’re crossing someones path, it might just make their day. Being polite or being mannerly might just bring you an unexpected surprise.

Enjoy your day

Althea – VYPA

After Hurricane Irma 

It’s been two weeks since Irma devastated the Caribbean and Florida. Two weeks of uncertainty for millions of people, for what’s going to happen next, and where to get the help that is needed to move forward. For me and many here in Southwest Florida who have been less devastated our thoughts are we survived but what can we do to help the less fortunate than us.

Irma has been an experience that I wouldn’t want to go through again and I’m sure many of us feel the same. However Mother Nature is unpredictable and nothing is certain. One thing that I know is for sure is the assistance that has been given by organizations like the #Redcross, #FEMA, #Unitedway, #Samaritanspurse and all the other charities and groups that have stepped in to help. It is much appreciated.

As we all rebuild our lives, our homes, our communities, our countries we should all be thankful we survived hurricane Irma.

Now for those that can please donate your time or funds to the various charities that are on the ground helping they need as much help as we can give.

Thank you. 🌹

Major flooding if streets, homes and businesses.
Downed trees, power lines and buildings.
Rain and wind during Irma