• Maryanne

Here's your pamphlet

A couple of years ago, I was standing in line at the post office and the guy behind me was standing WAY too close to me. It was weirding me out. Since then I have figured out how very American that way of thinking is. In many parts of the world, there is almost no such thing as personal space. A friend of mine, who grew up in India, was recently laughing at (with?) me about this and showing me pictures of wall to wall people on trains in India. He even showed me a video of people using the subway in Japan, and when the car gets really crowded, the workers on the platform start trying to shove people in-it was comical, and also a little scary. I'm not sure I could handle it. I did travel to a few places in Europe and I could definitely see the difference-in fact in Rome, I wondered what the man sitting next to me on the tram would do if I just reached over and held his hand. To me, just sitting pressed up against a total stranger was about the same thing. Might as well hold hands.


The Pamphlets


Getting back to the original idea, which I would never actually do, probably, or who knows what I might do if I get pushed too far, but I joked on my Facebook page about having pamphlets to hand out to people. The title of the one I would have needed in the post office would be "We're Not Friends-and We're Not in Europe: A Guide to Personal Space". Or how about one entitled "Why Does Everyone Feel the Need to Stop in the Exit at Target to 1) Check their Receipt 2) Look for their Spouse in the Parking Lot 3) Find Something in Their Purse or Pocket and HOW CAN WE GET THEM TO STOP?". Maybe one that says "Finding the Expiration Date on the Hundreds of Coupons You are Carrying BEFORE You Get in Line to Check Out" or "I Really Love the Selfies You Post On Social Media After Every Workout, But as a Life-Saving Measure, I'm Going to Have to Ask you to Limit Yourself to One A Week". So many ideas that amount to #firstworldproblems. The picture above?? It came with the "sample" blog post and it's pretty, so I left it. I clearly do not know what I am doing.



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