Rudeness in offer for help!

He was an old man. Perhaps in eighties. Appeared well but somewhat fragile. He wanted to cross the road. The traffic appeared incessant. I instantly, offered help. He looked back and smiled while declining the offer with a wave of hand and muttered, I have done this all my life.
I waited and saw him crossing the road. Actually he was assessing the traffic for selecting right time to cross the road, with the speed of his walk. He managed it gracefully.
I was wondering why I offered to help. Why so quickly. Continue reading