This past weekend my wife, daughter and I took a trip to Legends in Kansas City.

The weather was absolutely terrible. It was drizzling, cold and really not pleasant at all. Needless to say, Legends wasn’t very crowded. That was good news for me. I’m not a huge fan of large, crazy crowds looking for a bargain.

I was hoping the sparse crowd would continue as we traveled to Nebraska Furniture Mart.

I wouldn’t be so lucky.

It felt as though the circus had come to town and invaded NFM. It was completely packed, and it wasn’t exactly easy to get a stroller through the place.

We made it, though, and as I stood in line, I noticed a lot of something – complaining.

I noticed not just people complaining; they were being downright rude. One lady in line in front of me was throwing a tantrum that a two-year-old would be proud of.

It was really disappointing to see. I understand that large crowds and general craziness can lead to high stress. We’re irritable when we aren’t in our comfort zone.

That’s not a good enough excuse, however.

Maybe it’s because everyone seems to be in a mad rush to get from one place to the next. We aren’t patient. We need everything to be done quickly – there’s no room for mistakes.

It’s really too bad.

I truly believe we would enjoy life more if only we could slow down – take in each moment and enjoy it. At any rate, I think slowing down would keep cut down on the rudeness I see so often.

None of the NFM employees deserved the venom that was being spewed their direction.

This holiday season, try not to allow the craziness to overtake you. Try to slow down, be understanding. A smile and a nice hello can go a long way.

If you need a lesson in courtesy and how to treat others, go no further than the post office in Atchison.

Every time that I go in there, I have a great experience. I buy and sell a lot on Ebay, so I’ve been in my fair share of post offices. The Atchison branch has, by far, the friendliest staff working up front. It makes going into the post office something that can be enjoyed – and that’s saying something.

To the post office employees – your friendly attitude doesn’t go unnoticed. Thanks for making things easy on customers.

Logan Jackson is the Globe news editor. He can be reached at (913) 367-0583 Ext. 20410,

@loganglobe on Twitter.

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