Many people complain about the younger generations, in fact I think that is an older generation thing. I remember reading a quote a man wrote about the younger generation and how he thought they were going to ruin society, the quote was recorded during the Roman era. Some things never change I guess, according to him the younger generation was the worst ever and yet here we are. I make jokes about younger people but I've earned that spot, I actually am amazed at how quick they learn and how eager they are to try things, I guess we were like that once. I feel there are a lot of good young people, just they never make the news. Any faults they have are because the older generations raised that into them, so really we can't complain as a whole.
Tuesday I was getting groceries and while standing in line I noticed an elderly woman in front of me. She was quite elderly and was having trouble with everything, she seemed a little grumpy too. The thing that impressed me was the young girl on cash, she was cheerful and super helpful and not in a phony way. She really took over caring for the woman, filling her backpack, coming around and helping the woman put it on, buckling it up for her, making sure it wasn't too heavy, making sure she could zip up her coat. Above and beyond what most people would do and the whole time with a pleasant disposition, plus an efficiency to it. The woman even seemed surprised, she said "thank you dear" and went on her way.
Next it was my turn and she began ringing up my items. Watching her I couldn't help feeling impressed by the way she handled the elderly woman. It takes a village to raise a child came into my mind and I thought about how quick people are to criticize younger people but say nothing when they do something right. I thought now it's my turn, maybe I can place a moment of kindness into her life. As she was processing the bill, I told her how I appreciated the kindness she showed towards the elderly woman. She was a bit surprised and thanked me, she said the woman made her think of her grandmother and hoped people would treat her grandmother with kindness as well. As I left I hoped that I would have given her at least a pleasant memory for the day or better yet, encouragement to continue being such a kind person. Maybe she went home and blogged or should I say vlogged about what I said, proving to her younger followers that not all adults are grumpy.