CHanges in behavior now...

  1. Has anyone noticed changes in behavior of other people since this happened?

    For one, my husband has me worried. He started out our dinner conversation last night, after the kids left the table thank God, "I just want you to know, you're the best thing that ever happened to me..." I said STOP right there! Do you need an antidepressant? Later that night, when he got annoyed when I crawled in to bed and changed his TV channel, I reminded him that I was the best thing....tee hee! He has a huge American Flg hung out front, which is very cool, even went to get the timer to he could light it properly when it's dark. He is behaving strangely. Not the flag, but like he's preparing for nuclear war, it scares me.

    But, back to dinner, my husband said I went to get gas at the Mobil down the road, and I said, don't tell me, they talked nice to you too? YES! He says. The station is operated by several men of middle eastern descent. Now ordinarily, these guys are cold, make no conversation, and don't seem to think much of women. But I also had gotten gas that day, and they were as chatty and friendly as anyone could ever be. Not that I didn't appreciate it, but it was almost scary. I felt like saying, look, I don't automatically lump people into the same category as Bin Laden just based on the color of their skin or manner of speaking. PLEASE, act rude again, because that is normal, and we should all try to get somewhat back to normal. My husband thought maybe they were scared that people would seek vengence on them. That is kind of sad yet funny, that they would go out of their way to be nice to people. I have used that gas station for years and they have never more than grunted at me, yet yesterday, made conversation and washed my windows so thoroughly, they sparkled!

    Anyone else noticed this?
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  3. by   LoisJean
    Well.......come to think of Charley and I were playing a game of cribbage one morning this week before I left for work and he pipes up with, "Lois, I want you to know that you are the best thing that ever happened to me." I said, "I know". He has been working the afternoon shift and I have come home every day this week to a really clean house! Even the toilet! That's a change.

    I dropped off some blood samples yesterday to our hospital lab and ran into a doctor of Middle Eastern decent who never acknowledges anyone with a word let alone a smile. He gave me both yesterday. I asked him how he was doing and he said that he was "concerned for his family back home". I did not ask him where exactly 'home' is, but I offered him my sincerest wish for his families best.

    I have changed, too. I used to be a 'rager' on the highways. Now I find myself patiently putzing along behind some old guy with Florida plates on his car without cursing the gods above for his existance on the road and/or formulating in my mind yet another law to get them off the road; I am more patient while waiting in a long line at Wal-Marts for the fool check out girl to finish chatting with the check out girl behind her about the sizing of bras and the price of tea in China. I am not so persnickity lately when patients forget their appointments even tho I phoned them the night before to remind them; I am not so bothered about getting here or there, or anywhere for that matter;

    My daughter, the venerable peace-nik, is so appalled by the events of 9/ll that she calls most every night to give me more insights about how we must destroy terriorism and those that spread it; my son, the venerable warrior, has told us that, "No, I won't re-up for this one...the Gulf and Bosnia were enough for me. I've seen enough death to last two lifetimes". (He reactiviated his active Army status for the Gulf war and spent two years in Bosnia). "Really, Mom", he says, "I just want to get my doctorate". We were almost certain that he would re-up.

    There have been a lot of 'changes' around my neck of the woods. Mostly, I notice that my senior citizens are fairly silent. Most of them say, "I just don't know anymore".

  4. by   kewlnurse
    I havn't noticed anything different, but a gas station that washes your windows, that is odd
  5. by   Catsrule16
    We've been given a wake-up call showing us just how vulnerable we are. Think about it. Of all the places they could have hit, they chose points of power. I live less than 75 miles from a facility that processes nuclear materials for weapons. These terrorists could have attacked the CDC in Atlanta releasing all kinds of things into the atmosphere. There are nuclear power plants all over the country that could have been hit and caused more long term devistation but didn't. I thank God they didn't hit these places.

    I pray for all the victims and for the leaders of this country and the world to lead us in the appropriate direction. Thank goodness we live in a country that values human lives, even those like kewlnurse (Thanks for the humor!) and we are able to freely express our opinions without fear of capital punishment for doing so. We may complain about others posts but we don't get shot for it.

    May your Supreme Being bless each and every one and remember, "Opinions are like buttholes.... everybody has one!"
  6. by   suzannasue
    Oh heck yeah...
    Moodiness in co-workers...short tempers...crying for no reason.
    Much talk of death at work.
    My girls call me more frequently...sometimes 3 times a week...
    Hubby tells me I am the "Best Thing" that ever happened to him...maybe one day I will meet MY "best thing"...
    My Pakistani doc friend has really dark circles under his eyes and is frequently tearful.
    My Dad, 11th Airborne,WW II,pacific theater,is quiet, too quiet. He usually loves to talk about combat situations and stuff like that...not now.
    People around here are walking around looking stunned. Laughs are few and far between.
    Haven't had anyone wash my wndshield though!!!!!!!
    Neighbors come over more frequently. People wave more often at each other. But then again,a 21 year old guy threatened to kill my 78 year old Daddy the other day over a fender bender.
    Have there been any changes really???????????