…I’ll sometimes get to my seat after the person next to me is already seated. I sit down, buckle in, then realize that the other person hasn’t put the arm rest down.
Now, its not a big deal. This is the part where someone would usually just turn over, pull it down, and move on with life. But I struggle with this moment.
For some reason, I always worry that it’ll come across rude. Very “I’m making sure you stay on your side, sir or ma’am”. Which is kind of the case.
Sometimes, they’ll start talking to me. And now, more than ever, I feel like I can’t pull it down because it will really say, “I know you’re talking to me, but keep to your side”.
So I sit there, aware of the lack of barrier between myself and this other person until eventually, I just pull it down. Or they do.