Over the holidays, it came to my attention that I may be a bit over the top with greeting. It’s always been a habit of mine to say “hi” to my family first thing in the morning, animals included, but not everyone is in the habit of doing this.
John, Bella and I went away for a week at the start of the school holidays, and Bell’s friend Hayley came with us. The girls have been friends since they met as 2-year-olds, when both families built our houses next to each other. They’ve always had sleepovers, she comes home from school with us 2 days a week and feels comfortable enough to let me know when she’s hungry, without getting Bella to do the asking.
But living with someone for a whole week is different to an overnight stay here and there, and obviously long enough to notice someone’s personality quirks.
And when I say someone, I mean me.
After a couple of days away, Hayley asked me why I say “good morning/hey/hello” every morning. I hadn’t really though about it before, as it’s something I’ve always done. I asked her if she thought it was strange, and she said no, but didn’t know anyone else who did it.
When I though about it, I realized that it may seem odd, but it’s just something I’ve always done. Even our animals are used to it, and Violet replies with a long meow when I speak to her. She’s probably just demanding that I hurry up with her breakfast, because big girl’s gotta eat, but I choose to believe she’s answering with a hello of her own.
I think it’s nice to start the day with a friendly greeting to each other, and it kind of puts me in a good mood for the rest of the day when I get a happy reply.
I guess some people aren’t really comfortable with what may seem like being over familiar. Our regular courier guy used to just give me a nervous nod when he first started delivering parcels to our house. But now he’s quite OK with my hearty hellos. Sometimes now he even beats me to it!
Same thing when I’m in a shop. I always greet the checkout operator, and don’t even realize I’m doing it, until I get an odd look. But really what’s wrong with saying hello and acknowledging people? I know I’d rather get that, than a grumpy grunt, or nothing at all.
I know we’re busier than we’ve ever been (are we really?), and stuff needs to get done. But it doesn’t take much extra effort to smile and say Hi to someone. Try it for yourself and they may even beat you to it next time you see them. I think the more happy we can put out there, the better.
So is it just one of my funny little quirks, or are you a regular greeter too?