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Here's your choice: be nice or be rude

Every day, you get to pick: be nice or be rude. You can be nice to the kid at Starbucks who is working as fast as he can in the morning rush, or you can be rude.

You can be nice to the elderly driver putzing along, or you can be rude.

You can be nice to the co-worker you don't like very much, or you can be rude.

You don't even need to say or do anything to be nice or rude: thoughts count.

So here's the thing. Let's say you're a regular reader here. You know I'm struggling with anxiety and depression. And yet you choose to leave a snarky and ANONYMOUS remark. Gee, thanks. You made my day.

Be nice or be rude.

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Crossing Guard

I saw you
today
as you guided
your little man across that busy street.

You were wearing some
big man boots
and
watching cars and lights.

Your little man had on
black sneakers and
a Mickey Mouse hat
that bounced
as he walked.

He wasn't watching nothing but
your big man boots
and
the white stripes of the crosswalk.

Just before
he got to the sidewalk again,
his step bounced a bit
- he hopped over
a spot where the asphalt broke.

You turned to look,
holding out a hand to
your little man.
Not rushed or angry,
just making sure
he got up
on that sidewalk.

Then you walked on,
in your big man boots,
face into a cold Michigan wind,
with the little man behind,
his hat bouncing.