She was obviously a new mother. The baby she was holding in her arms was still quite small. She was also loaded down with all the bags and carriers that go hand in hand with babies. I watched her as she approached a door to leave. I watched as the woman in front of her walked out first. And I watched as she let the door swing shut behind her. Never even bothering to see if there was anyone behind her. Probably too engrossed in whatever was on her cell phone to care.
He was an older gentlemen. Time and age had stooped his shoulders and back. He used a cane for balance when walking. Most likely someone's grandfather. I watched as he crossed the road in the crosswalk. And I watched as the driver who was waiting impatiently threw up his hands in disgust. How dare this man hold him up. Probably had somewhere really important to go.
She was ahead of me in the grocery store checkout lane. Smartly dressed. Very stylish. The cashier greeted her. She never said a thing. The cashier asked if plastic bags were OK. Just a nod of the head. When the transaction was finished, the cashier wished her a good day, and she still said nothing. She didn't speak one word the whole entire time. Probably too much on her mind to notice.
I sit. And I watch. And I wonder. When did we, as a society, become so engrossed in ourselves that we forgot about those around us? When did it start becoming "me versus them" instead of "all of us together"?