Monday, July 11, 2011
If you have been fowling my blog for a while,, you know that I am not particularly patient with drivers that occupy the painted cross-walk. You know, the area with broad white bands approximately two feet in width that signal to the driver it is a cross-walk, not a parking zone. (see posting, Smacking the BMW) Inspite of stupid and inconsiderate drivers, I have been making an effort to avoid sharing my displeasure with the driver as I have to go around the front of the car occupying my pedestrian zone. Despite this attempt to be more patient, I occasionally revert to my aggressiveness and one day expressed my displeasure with another inconsiderate driver. But this time it was different and the driver reacted in a manner that literally stunned me. After I went around the car, a female voice said “I apologize”. She didn’t make excuses or hit the gas as I went in front of her vehicle, she simply took responsibility for her action. When I got to the other side of the intersection, I tipped my hat toward her and continued walking. There are two morals to this story. First, I still need to work on my patience with drivers who are probably occupied with everything except driving. The second moral is that there are still people willing to take responsibility for their actions and have the strength of character to apologize for a misdeed.