This is a tricky deed to document…I hold the door for someone nearly every time I enter or exit a building, both on campus and in public. Today alone I can recall holding the door to Barnes hall for people on my way to breakfast, holding the door to Powers for people on my way to class, holding the door to Pearce on my way out of class, and holding the door into Robinson hall on my way to dinner. Almost every time I extend this gesture it is met with gratitude and a smile, but recently my decision to hold the door for someone led to a genuine conversation.
A girl in my residence hall was leaving the building to take her car back at the same time as me. She held the door at the top of the stairs for me and I held the door leading outside for her. After holding the door for her I asked her about her weekend and she in turn asked about mine. It was nice to be thanked for holding the door, but even better to hear about her wonderful weekend and have the interaction that we normally would not get the chance to make.