Every morning when I leave my drive way I have a few seconds before I reach ‘polyester junction’ I call it this because its irritating and I don’t like it.
This morning was particularly busy for polyester, I can only assume that there was a sale on very expensive handbags or something. Any way, behind me waiting to also carry on her merry way, was a lady in her car.
No I must make something clear, I had my daughter in the back of my car. The most precious thing to me and I make no apologies about putting her safety first.
After approx. 6 mins sitting at polyester waiting for a gap, merry lady starting dancing, well so I thought. Turns out she was flicking me the finger and shouting things that I care not to repeat on my blog.
This isn’t something I care too much about. But what I do care about is that at that moment in time I had some choices
1, Pull out and get hit by cars either side
2, get out the car and start dancing with her (metaphorically obviously)
3, Do nothing
Merry Lady also had some choices
1, Be patient and show some empathy for the situation at hand
2, flick the finger and shout obscenities
3, Do nothing
I chose to do nothing.
But the situation has played on my mind all day. Mainly I keep thinking to myself , what had happened in that merry lady’s life that morning to make her react like that? and when did we start thinking it is ok to lash out at each other over things that really, aren’t that big a deal. I’ve been thinking about how I would explain her actions to my daughter (thankfully she was engrossed in her well known farm animal CD at the time). How I would explain that we live in a world were it seems patience is no longer practiced and we seem to favour taking out our frustrations on others.
I realised that in that moment I wanted her to be on my side, in some kind of sisterhood act.
I wanted us to be nicer to each other.
I want that for the world my daughter lives in.