so often, something happens that frustrates me… upsets me… creates
an eye-rolling-sarcasm inside of me looking for a way to vent.
aren’t really pet peeves, though I suppose they would fit the
definition if we truly wanted to explore it. Instead, they are
just things where I find that something seems to be missing in
a situation. Often, something as simple as a civilized acknowledgement.
Usually, a more concerning lack of realization for one’s surroundings.
much every day, I find myself driving on a main road that winds
through and serves an entertainment complex of sorts. Parking
garages… valet… hotels… theaters… you get the drill. And with
parking here and parking there, recreational activities and walkways
all over, then the added few other assorted bits and pieces, the
reality of crosswalks must be navigated.
it is here that I frequently experience one of my favorite frustrations.
What upsets me are the people that enter the crosswalk as if their
right of way is an entitlement.
yes… of course, it actually is an entitlement. Pedestrians should
get the right of way when using crosswalks properly. And that
part of the story is not my problem.
those moments, as I sit and wait for them to pass, a wave or nod
would be wonderful. The lack of such is also not my problem.
issue is with the people that don’t look at all. They don’t slow
down. They don’t look left. They don’t look right. They simply
march along, not breaking stride or varying their pace, and move
into the road as if surrounded by a forcefield of impenetrable
smugness. (Snugness provided, you know, in part by the pedestrians
in the crosswalk having the right of way in all scenarios idea.
But back to the point…)
of the most valuable lessons you can give any child is awareness.
In this particular case—near a road with moving vehicles—it could
be an awareness while driving a car, riding a bike, or walking
the expression goes: so easy a child can do it. But it’s worse
than that. Once, while out with Terry, we approached a crosswalk
and saw about five geese. Yes, they honestly did cross the road
using the crosswalk. And, yes, they looked toward us, and one
of them even let out a few honks. That was adorable and hysterical.
usually get it. Geese apparently can it. Yet there they are… people
strutting along as if my presence is completely irrelevant, showing
no awareness of my existence at all.
a crazy way… deep down… there’s a problem with my frustration.
Which is that there is nothing I can really do about it. It’s
not like I can floor the gas pedal and try to get through the
intersection before the person gets halfway across the road and
into my path. That isn’t an option if we’re being kind and lawful
in our actions.
sure you have similar moments as well. Ones where you are just
left wondering if the people you are dealing with have any sense
of what is happening. Ones where it bothers you, if for no other
reason than the people involved are ticking you off because… just…
well, just because.
many years ago, I made the transition to day shift after almost
a decade of working evenings (with a few overnights tossed in
for good measure). I actually began using an alarm clock.
I arrived at work, parked my car, and got out to walk to the building,
there were birds singing. For several weeks, I wanted to hit each
of those birds with a tennis racket.
sun was shining almost every day. Absolutely beautiful June mornings.
Birds chirping happily. How could there be anything that happy
was not impressed.
chirping… much like birds in a crosswalk… not exactly a lot you
can do about it.
the next time you happen to be walking along a street and find
yourself needing to cross the road, think about the drivers out
there. You don’t have to wave. You don’t have to say thank you.
But at least looking before you step into the crosswalk will stop
me from reaching for a tennis racket.