"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."

('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Out with the grumps

This morning is grey and overcast and now starting to rain, but Paddy and I were out on our walk before that. I will be charitable and assume that the change in the weather has been responsible for the dourness of most people we met this morning. Out of nine people or pairs of people, almost all walking their dogs, just like me, a mere three returned my 'Good morning.' 
Several totally ignored me, one, whom I passed twice, just glared at me, but the last was the best. A young woman came out of a field onto the lane just ahead of me with a large, docile dog, who took no notice of Paddy, nor, surprisingly, Paddy of him. As she glanced at me blankly and then turned to go up the lane, three feet ahead, I said,
"Well, it's not often Paddy doesn't react at all to other dogs."
To which the woman replied....
Nothing, nowt, nada, zilch and continued on her way, leaving me wondering, not for the first time this morning, why I bother.
I'm not a sad, lonely person desperate to get someone, anyone talking to me, but having lived for years on the outskirts of cities, where it was the norm to ignore anyone you passed, I've got to like the way that, round here, it's customary to pass the time of day.It costs nothing and it's good for us.
Today, I must have been out with all the grumps.


  1. One thing I love about the countryside is that walkers usually say hello to each other! When they don't reply to my "Good Morning" I feel like saying "I'm really sorry if you're deaf and didn't hear me. And I'm also really sorry if it's just that you have no manners." - - Ohhh one day I'll say it - -

  2. Very strange that these people didn't acknowledge you or give you the time of day. I'm not saying that this is true in your case but sometimes poor personal hygiene can create that kind of non-response.

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  4. How unsocial, I thought that dog walkers weren't like that! Flighty xx



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