“Thinking about things you cannot change is like purposefully keeping all your thoughts in a traffic jam!” ~ Karen Salmonsohn.
The Midweek Word-prompt over on our site Weekly Prompts is Traffic Jams. The prompt was chosen by GC, and he asks us to share our traffic stories of flared tempers and drivers losing their composure. This is my response to the prompt.
By nature I am a calm person and to lose my temper would be a rare occurrence. I don’t shout, I never swear, and on the whole I’m pretty patient with other people. Therefore, there are no incidents to recall where I myself may have lost the plot. I do, however, remember a trivial incident from years back concerning another driver, and also one from a couple of weeks ago involving my third daughter Elizabeth.
Incident One – I was driving on a narrow country lane when I arrived at a T junction. There were no signposts, and I was uncertain of which way to go. A car pulled up behind me, and the lane ahead was clear. My companion suggested I turn right which I did, but without indicating.
I hold my hands up to this, forgetting to indicate was a mistake, but in this instance, it made little difference to the vehicle behind because the driver was unable to go around me and had to wait in turn.
A mile later, realising we were lost I indicated and pulled off the road. The car that was following pulled up behind me and the woman driver got out and began yelling and swearing. Apparently she was a teeny bit annoyed that I hadn’t indicated at the junction!
To say I was shocked would be something of an understatement, it was a trivial incident that hadn’t inconvenienced this woman in any way whatsoever, yet it had caused such a strong reaction. I stared at her in disbelief and shook my head. My companion, equally shocked, was having none of it and told her in no uncertain terms where she should go.
Incident Two – Daughter Elizabeth was driving home from the nursery with her baby and two-year old toddler. Ahead of her was a stationary line of traffic, Lizzy was unsure whether the car in front had left a very long gap between it and the other vehicles or whether it was parked. Having decided the gap was too wide for the car not to be parked, she overtook and joined the line of traffic.
Unfortunately, the car wasn’t parked, it pulled up behind her, and the driver began displaying her annoyance by sounding the horn.
Unbelievably, the car followed Lizzy home, and as she was taking her children out of the car, the other driver began name calling and swearing. Lizzy explained that because of the long gap, she had mistakenly thought the car was parked. The explanation didn’t pacify the driver who continued the barrage of name calling and foul language even as my daughter entered her house.
This kind of appalling behaviour makes one think that if these people are capable of behaving in such a way in public, what on earth must they be like in private with their families?
© SueW-nansfarm.net 2018. In response to the word-prompt Traffic Jams from Weekly Prompts http://weeklyprompts.com/2018/08/01/word-prompt-traffic-jams