27 I was so sure we’d take the country by storm. And people would once again be doffing their hats/ caps, smiling at each other, opening doors, waving greetings, being kind, being gentle, being courtly. www.wrightsvillebeachmagazine.com WBM That’s when the brilliant idea began to take shape. What if we could con-vince a coffee shop to give a discount to walkers who showed us the courtesy of returning our “Good morning” greeting? I could just picture it: We would print up discount cards and whenever people responded to us enthusiastically, we’d hand them a card that told them their courtesy entitled them to a 10 percent discount at whatever coffee shop we’d convinced to join our endeavor. I don’t think any of the others were really sold on my idea but I continued to paint the picture over the next several summers: people would be coming in to the cof-fee shop to get their discounted coffee, which would lead to an article in Lumina News about the walkers trying to bring courtesy back to America. Then we’d be on the local television news, then the Raleigh sta-tion would pick up the story and it wouldn’t be long before we attracted the attention of David Muir — he loves to fea-ture anything to do with AMERICA — so they’d be flying us to NYC for Good Morning America. Maybe next would be Oprah, Dr. Phil, who knows? I was so sure we’d take the country by storm. And people would once again be doffing their hats/caps (does anyone today younger than 30 even know what “doffing” means?), smiling at each other, opening doors, waving greetings, being kind, being gentle, being courtly. But I digress — back to the coffee shop. First we had to find one willing to support our plan — well, my plan, really. The others were not so gung ho, The Loop walkers wave goodbye to Marietta’s husband, Frank Gwathmey.
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