Maybe I’m overly sensitive. In fact, I am sure that there are many who would describe me that way… But when a driver flipped me the bird when I proceeded from a rather blind stop sign in the Stop & Shop parking lot, I was stunned. I felt as if I had been slapped in the face.
Yes, she had the “right of way.” No, I didn’t see her. Yes, I stopped in plenty of time and immediately made a very apologetic gesture.
It’s obvious I’m not a city driver, or I might be immune to things like angry attitudes and rude gestures. The AAA recommends “Be as polite on the road as you would be in any other social situation. You cannot control traffic, but you can control your responses to it.”
Can you imagine giving someone the finger if they bumped into you in the grocery store?
When I got home my dear husband reminded me that I don’t know what stresses that woman was under, what sort of things could be upsetting her, how a semi-close call in a parking lot could put her over the edge. That’s all true and makes a whole lot of sense.
Dear Stop & Shop parking lot Lady, I hope you’re having a better day.
Over the last few days, I have been a very solicitous driver; pausing to let people join traffic, making sure I am being as considerate as possible, and triple-checking each intersection before going ahead.
Maybe the lesson I need to learn is to be more kind, more considerate, more aware of the stresses that people are under, or maybe Sand Hill Plaza needs to trim the shrubbery away from the intersections. 😉