Was I annoyed at the Vietnamese man who went and stood himself
directly in front of all of us at the kindergarten program?
He did make a better door than I window -tis true.
But no, I was not annoyed.
I was reminded.
Was I impatient with the elderly Chinese woman at JoAnn's Fabrics?
She fussed away about "unmarked thread" making her total too high.
Did it annoy?
No. Not at all. I smiled.
I continued smiling as she counted her returned one dollar bills in frustration.
I was amused at her request for an envelope.
Tickled when she folded up a flyer to make one instead.
I was disturbed however,
With the body-pierced clerk
Who seemed impatient when she replied,
"Because it's not my job to post price-labels."
Disturbed because she doesn't have the perspective it takes,
To live in Hong Kong, Danang, or Seoul...
Or Washington DC for that matter.
What one sees as selfish behavior,
I see as a survival skill learned by the overpopulated culture.
It takes aggressive behavior to be a small fish in a big pond,
With millions of other fish.
(I actually took this photo)