Date: Thu, 23 Oct 1997 09:54:41 -0500 From: "Emerson, Jessie J" Subject: Re: "Bless you" (was "Good morning") You folks are hard! Even if the phrases (or tail wags, if you wish) are meaningless, they connect me to the people I meet in a (to me) satisfying way. I always say "good morning," I always say "bless you" when someone sneezes, and I always hold doors for people, especially the elderly (I'm a woman in my 30s, by the way). People who don't do these or similar things seem alien to me, and if for some reason I'm in a bad mood and don't do one of them, it makes me feel horrible! I realize that this is probably a learned behavior indicative of Southern society (not necessarily gentility), but I enjoy, even need, these meaningless pleasantries! A friendly old Southern redneck coon dog who wags her tail most of the time, Jessie Emerson > ---------- > From: Julia Cochran[SMTP:COCPROFS[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UGA.CC.UGA.EDU] > Sent: Thursday, 23 October, 1997 9:26 AM > To: ADS-L[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UGA.CC.UGA.EDU > Subject: Re: "Bless you" (was "Good morning") > > >and even taken as an empty formula, it > >still struck me as a conscious gesture of making human contact with a > >stranger in a city which otherwise does a poor job at interpersonal > >relations. > > Precisely -- like a tail-wag. Thanks for putting it so well. >