I’m not really sure where or when I first learned it. I suppose it could have been from television, since I practically grew up in front of the TV, watching any and every show that I could. Or maybe it was just picked up in every day interactions with family, friends and strangers alike. However, if I had to guess, I’d say that I first learned that it was polite to open doors for others from my parents.
I like to think that they instilled that gentlemanly trait in me from an early age. And like most good parents, whenever someone returned the favor and did something nice for me, they would simply look at me and say, “What do you say?” Obviously, the correct answer was, and is, and always will be, “Thank you.” It’s truly a simple lesson in manners.
So the polite thing to say, when a person politely opens a door for you is “thank you,” but what would Emily Post say is the accepted response for someone opening a MASSIVE door for you. Let’s just try to imagine that you were unable to open said door for 26 years on your own. And it’s not like you didn’t try.
Oh, how you tried. You tried every single year to open this door by yourself and just couldn’t do it. In fact, after just a few years of unsuccessful pushing/pulling you even tried to pay people to open the door for you. Even that was a wasted effort, as you only embarrassed yourself in the end. Your, hypothetical, of course, failures in opening this door couldn’t be blamed on your size or strength, as you were arguably one of the biggest and best in your group. Well, your wait is over, and the door has finally been opened for you.
So what do you say to the school in Columbus, Ohio who took down the mighty Spartans in order to finally get you a piece of your first Big Ten Regular Season Championship since 1986, when this Kyrie by Mr. Mister was the number one song on the charts and this Kyrie wasn’t born yet.
So what do you say, M*chigan?
From everyone at THE Ohio State University: You’re welcome.