Old Age and Respect

Topics: Old age, Middle age, Gerontology Pages: 2 (526 words) Published: October 8, 2013
Professor Gorrow

English 100.02

4 0ctober 13
Respect Today

Last week I rode the bus downtown while visiting my mother in New York City. As I walked towards the rear of the bus I noticed that they now have signs that specify seating for the elderly and pregnant women. This might not be a big deal to most, but I wondered why a sign like that would be necessary. Amazingly my question was answered almost immediately when a girl no older than seventeen entered the bus. The girl sat near the front, conveniently located next to the entrance also where those informative signs where placed. And elderly lady then got on a few stops after her, the bus by then was already crowded and there was no more seating available. The elderly lady then took hold of the metal pole used for riders when they had to stand. I was totally expecting the girl to get up and offer her seat. That never happened. Surprisingly I also wondered why no one even said anything. A middle aged gentlemen got up and offered his seat as the young girl sat there oblivious to the whole situation. That situation opened my eyes to different things throughout the day. I noticed how the group of teenagers entered the mall and then let the door slam in the face of the couple after them that could have been their parents. As I sat in the food court I noticed how the kids talked and used profanity like it was nothing. I understand that not all kids are saints but growing up I knew that I would never curse in front of any adult even if they weren’t my parents. Then the realization hit that this was a different generation. Not being that much older than them I realized that we grew up with a different set of standards. Today it seems as if youth had...
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