When you walk into a doctor's office waiting room, do you say 'hello' to everyone already sitting there waiting? If you are an extrovert maybe you do...or if you are a stay-at-home mom of a small child and feel like you never get to see anyone from the 'real world', then perhaps you will strike up a conversation with another mom who "looks" like you feel (well, I used to do this).
This week, we learned that when you enter the waiting area in the doctor's office (in our case it was an outdoor waiting area at one-doctor clinic)...you great everyone. [And just to clarify...we weren't ill...we had to get some certificates of health to renew our residency cards.] Anyway, as each new patient approached, they greeted everyone with a "buenas días." As we all had to take a number, there was some trading of numbers so that moms with kids could go in without a longer wait. Conversations were started. Stories were shared. It was a great window into culture.
So if you want to experiment a little and shake things up...extend a cheery greeting with everyone in the waiting room next time you walk into the doctor's office.