A couple of weeks ago, I ordered a 1950s handbag from an Etsy seller. I didn’t hear from her indicating that it had been shipped so I sent her a note. Much to her embarrassment, she hadn’t shipped it. She was apologetic and even gave me a coupon to use if I decide to order from her again. I let her know that I understood it was an honest mistake. No harm, no foul. She wrote back that she appreciated my understanding. I could tell that she was relieved.
As I was pondering this, I was thinking to myself that, while it is disappointing to have to wait a bit longer for this handbag, the mix-up wasn’t something to get my knickers in a bind over. But isn’t that people’s knee-jerk reaction nowadays? I see people have temper tantrums in public places over minor issues such as having to wait more than 2 seconds for their groceries to be bagged or because a young clerk got flustered and made a correctable error. Not too long ago, I watched, horrified, as a woman reduced a new JoAnn’s Fabrics clerk to tears because she forgot to include a discount. The manager came over, voided the transaction, ran everything through again, and had the woman, still fuming, out the door in less than two minutes. And the discount? It turned out to be less than a dollar. While I understand that a penny saved is a penny earned, the woman’s behavior over a less than a dollar discount was inexcusable. This past year, I had a handful of sewing students who would violently start ripping and tearing the garments they were working on or stomp off if they became confused instead of asking for help. And more of these types of meltdowns are happening from so-called grownups.
When did we stop acting our age and begin to think that throwing temper tantrums was an okay reaction?
Here is an education film from 1949 that is still meaningful today: Act Your Age
What do you think? Why do people think it is okay to react in infantile ways?
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