Cumudgeon: (n) a bad-tempered, difficult, cantankerous person.
Throwing water on the fire of someone’s excitement.
Refusing to discuss an important issue because you find it inappropriate to the surroundings.
Asking people to take off their hat when they visit your church.
Frowning at a young mother in a store because her children are misbehaving.
Failing to respond to “have a nice day.”
Criticizing young people because you do not understand their culture.
Making fun of technology because, somehow or another, you think you were smarter with pencils, paper clips and glue.
Talking about your generation as being superior to another generation.
Refusing to let someone who has two items go ahead of you in the grocery checkout, when you have one thousand.
Acting confused about why young people are “so goddamn horny.”
Telling your mechanic that forty years ago, you got a fuel pump put in your car for eighteen dollars.
Asking the pastor of your church to turn down the PA system and not have guitars during the worship service.
Voting for a candidate you know will keep everything the same because change angers you.
Choosing to go down a different aisle at the department store because people of color are there, and you don’t know how to talk to them.
Yelling at kids because they don’t pick up their toys.
Yelling at the toys that you step on, wishing you could hit the kids.
Claiming that special occasions are not necessary for you because you don’t like all the fuss.
Watching a movie and insisting on talking about another one which you saw thirty years ago.
Sticking your nose up at a new food choice because you think it looks funny or the name sounds foreign.
Seeing old people and assuming they are mean.
There are many ways to be a curmudgeon.
Unfortunately, the list is growing.