I bought a gift from a craftsman not long ago that told me these words:
“I treat everyone like my neighbor. It may be an old way of thinking but I don’t know any other way.”
He’s right, it is an old way of thinking. But, that doesn’t mean its wrong. When he told me he treats everyone like his neighbor he meant he brings the same amount of respect and manners to each person he meets.
In this case, holding onto the past is a good thing. Do the right thing and treat ’em like a neighbor.