Well ladies, I simply must share what transpired today.
This morning I had an elderly gentleman come into the shop for some work. Somehow we got onto the topic of women working in the trades. He was telling me about how much it bothers him when men talk down to/about women and treat them like lower class people. He dug a piece of paper out of his wallet and handed it to me to read the poem written on it. He had written it to his wife, who had passed away 13 years earlier, in their 40th year of marriage. It was all about how a woman was a light from God, and when she was gone, there was nothing but darkness until they were to meet again. He was quite the guy and certainly made me feel good.
When I went to lunch, I went to my favourite place, Lee's Snack House. I always sit at the front counter and buy the daily lunch special with a Coke. Today a guy sat down next to me. He is also a regular, but I didn't know him. The whole atmosphere of the place is fun and joking. The two of us were talking with the waitresses, joking around, just having a fun time. Something was mentioned to the guy on the other side of me about paying for the bill. Rick, the guy next to me, said that I was paying for his lunch. I protested, stating that it was customary for the guy to pay on the first date. But he didn't believe that, so I said that he was paying for the second date and we were going somewhere expensive! We spent a good half hour just eating, chatting, and joking around with the other folks near us. He finished first and left. When I went to pay, the waitress told me that Rick had paid for my lunch! Well that sure made a girl feel special! I am not the kind of girl who ever gets attention from guys, and certainly not a favour like that.
As a single girl working in a male-dominated trade, it sure was a nice change to be treated so well.