I am incandescent with rage at young people's selfishness and complete lack of awareness of the rest of the the human race. This lack of awareness manifests itself thousands of times a week - on trains, buses, shops, pavements, restaurants, open spaces. I have 4 children of my own, born between 1974 and 1984, and they are all aware of everyone else - they are not of the cosmic view that 'I MATTER, YOU DON'T' They have grown up learning to be aware of all others, not always to defer to them, but to listen to them. They have mobile phones but I have always observed them using them in situations where their every word could not be heard -not with that loud, ME ME ME voice that invariably ends up saying 'OK yeah here's my stop talk to you in a minute' so you are left thinking that the whole inane whiffling non-talk was just to cover that silence or to impress the other passengers that you have a friend and that every moment must be filled - don't, ever, get out a book and read on the bus. Just trill on about moronic nonsense that everyone has to hear - and don't be surprised if the bus load heaves a great sigh of relief when you get off at your stop, and collectively wonders why on earth that juvenile, dull and very low quality call had to be made.
And why is it that so many mobile calls end with that stupid combination 'LOVE YOU!! SEE YOU IN A MINUTE!!'
Can't anybody hand write a letter to another person, pen and ink, no text shortcuts, put it in an envelope, buy a stamp, address the envelope properly, and give someone the sheer joy of having a hand-written letter put through their letter box? There must be a Society around somewhere to promote this. When I was young I did that all the time. My children do both - the text and the hand written letter. The hand written letter always gets the better reception. To us, the postman delivering a letter to your door cannot be surpassed.
This is support for |Lynne Truss if she ever reads it.