I was headed into the post office the other day and a gentleman asked if he could open the door for me as we both approached. I said “Of course”, and as he opened the door for me, he proceeded to tell me that he found most women had a bad reaction to these types of gestures, including a girlfriend of his. He told me his girlfriend was offended by behaviors such as opening doors, pulling out chairs, etc. With a smile, I asked if she was still his girlfriend and with a smile back, he replied “No.” We went on to have a brief discussion about the dying art of chivalry, especially with the young boys and girls who are just entering the world of dating. I told him that I loved these old fashion gestures and wished more men and women engaged in these time-honored acts of courtesy and courtship. I suggested that our current culture of texts, tweets, hurriedness, and competition may have unfairly replaced important values such as courtesy, cooperation, and kindness. Some time passed, we wished each other a good day, and went on about our business. I found myself feeling puzzled and somewhat sad that there were women out there that took offense to such gentlemanly gestures. I pondered on what their concerns could be and what I would want to tell all the men and women, girls and boys out there who shun the art of chivalry. Then I remembered my blog. So this week I dedicate my blog to all acts of chivalry. Here is my take on what chivalry is and what it is not.