I'm walking to the bus and I past by a woman. Naturally, I say 'Good morning'. She didn't even acknowledge that I was sharing the same space with her. I thought, 'that's very interesting. Let me see how many people will say good morning back to me.'
So I step on the bus and I say good morning to the bus driver. "Mornin" was his response. Ok, I can accept that. I make a point to walk to the back of the bus and I say good morning to six other individuals. Two spoke back, one gentlemen nodded his head and the rest sat like a lump on a log.
I exit the bus at the transit center and like I do every morning, I make my way to the roach coach. "Morning, baby" the lady behind the counter says to me. She says this every morning. I bellow out, 'Good morning. How are things going?' She responds, "Oh, I'm fine, baby. Seventy-five cents please.'
I pay for my coffee and walk towards the bus stop. I say good morning to a few gentlemen waiting but they don't respond. I figure they couldn't speak English so I won't count them. My next bus arrive and like before, I say good morning to the bus driver. No response. I decide to sit at the front of the bus and with four other people already sitting. Instead of saying good morning, I look at all of them and nod my head. Nothing.
I exit the bus and I see a gentleman running to catch it. I bang on the bus door and yell for the bus driver to stop. He stops the bus and opens the door. The running gentleman says 'Thank you Amigo" and I respond, "It's cool, you have yourself a good day." And I genuinely hope he does.
Saying good morning doesn't require much effort. So why is it so rare to hear?