I would suspect that I am my worst self when trying to make it to NNM in the morning; impatient, intolerant, and impulsive. But I have a soft spot. I will forgive or allow the most egregious driving offenses if the other driver gives me a quick wave. It mollifies my indignation and allows me to see the driver as a fellow human being. Montessori put forward the notion that lessons of grace and courtesy were as critical as any academic discipline. From the earliest age, children practice interacting with each other with respect. I emphasize the word practice because these are challenging lessons to learn. Just like a child, I am in a hurry or want my own way, and a simple word or gesture makes all the difference.