Marash Girl has long told the following story to her friends and neighbors. She finally decided to record the story here.
In Newton Corner, a number of years ago, Marash Girl was walking along the sidewalk and greeted a young man as he walked toward her. Aghast, the young man protested, "I'm married!"
Telling this story to The Good Neighbor, a gentleman born in Croatia, Marash Girl was given the following response:
If I were walking down the street and didn't greet a person older than myself, and initiate the greeting, I would have been severely punished by my parents.
Marash Girl guesses that even after we grow up, we retain the stern policy taught to us when we were children growing up in the United States: "Never speak to strangers!"
In direct opposition to this moré, Marash Girl's daughter dressed Marash Girl's little granddaughter in a shirt that exclaimed, "I speak to strangers!"