A few years ago, I drove my car into a ditch. Luckily, I wasn't hurt, just shaken up a bit. It took a minute for me to calm down, and while I was sitting there stunned behind the wheel, two women came to the car to check to make sure I was alright. I assured the women that I was fine, got out of the car, and called hubby. I sat on the hood of my car and waited. Several women stopped to make sure I didn't need any help. Guess how many men stopped. None. Zero. Zilch. Oh sure, they slowed down long enough to gawk at the Mustang in the ditch, then kept going.
Men who open doors for women? Other than hubby, I haven't seen that in a while. Pulling out a lady's chair? Hell, half the time we can't even find a seat because the men have them. Two days ago, I was in an office with limited seating. I couldn't believe how many men were sitting comfortably while several ladies were standing, some of them had their children with them. A very outspoken woman, said, "Hey, gentlemen, do any of you see something wrong with this picture?" I could tell from their expressions that they had no idea what she was talking about. Then she said, "Are any of you gentlemen going to offer a lady your seat?" Some of them looked a little shame faced and offered their chairs to the women. Some of them acted like they didn't hear her.
Honestly, I'd started thinking chivalry only existed in the pages of the romances I read and write. Then, one day my faith was restored. I was out to lunch with hubby and my son. We were leaving the restaurant, and since I was walking ahead of them, I open the door, and went through. My son looked at me like I had lost my mind. He said, "Whoa, mom. Major violation. You have two men with you. Your hands should never touch a door." It made me feel good that he actually does listen and have take some of my life lessons to heart. I guess chivalry is still alive and well. Too bad that I'm only seeing it in my household.
What about all of you? Is it still alive and well all around you, or are you seeing less and less?