The thing about common courtesy is that it is common.
That may sound head-smackingly obvious, but I think it's worth pointing out, as it is not done as often as it probably should be. There are, of course, different levels of courtesy, but there are times when it gets to the point where you just don't expect it.
"Hi everyone," said my friend to her other friends. She did a gathering at her house recently. It almost went without saying that I was late. "This is Fikri. He's my friend from uni."
I shook hands and listened out for names I will soon forget.
She led me to the food table, where she kept getting interrupted by people. Lots of people. She listened to them and acknowledged what they are saying, before introducing me. "Yeah, it's over there. By the way, this is my friend Fikri." She did this, over and over again.
For some reason, that makes me feel important (whether I am is probably another story). But what really impressed me was the way she did it. Casually, normally, relaxed. As if it is to be expected.
Like it's the common courtesy it is.
I realised why it felt nice. I didn't expect it. Such gestures had become uncommon to me.
It really shouldn't.
Thank you, Dina.