Saturday, 20 February 2010
"Okay folks," I said out loud. "You all got here before me." My eyes dart from side to side, then back to the front. Car 1, directly across from me is chatting to the air and applying something to her lips. "Cell phone and makeup" I mutter. Car 2 is pointing to the park with a small child peering out the window. "Distracted," I announce to my rear view mirror. There's no one coming up behind me. I hear myself breathing deeper to keep my shoulders from pushing the river of impatience. Car 3's driver is busy fishing for something over the back seat. You know what I mean. Maybe it's a multitasking woman thing, but this was a guy doing it so...He's facing forward but sort of twisted and his right arm is reaching to the back to snag something that he apparently needed right then. "Come on , you can doooooooo this," I said for him out of sympathy. All of this taking place within a few seconds, but I was very aware that I was the only one paying attention and the last to arrive. Surrender!
Another deep breath and I'm entertaining myself as I tap on my dash board like I'm the conductor of the road symphony and can direct their behavior from my car. "Go dear. Straight ahead and you can park and show the child the wonders of the swing." Car 2 pulled ahead through the intersection. "Good timing."
"And you?" I point to Car 3, who apparent has secured the item of need and has now reset himself in the vehicle. He puts it into gear and the car lurches into the intersection turning left and coming pass me. His eyes met mine and he smiled sort of innocently and whipped his hair back at the same time. I smiled back as I thought to myself, "You can't fool me kid. You've been driving for a whole two days, right?" You know the expression, It takes a village? It does indeed.
Car 1 is still chatting away and now fluffing her hair as she comes toward me. I could tell she was laughing as she tossed her head back with a face full of smile. "Yay you, you look great," I said under my breath. "My turn." I make my left turn and head toward home. I know we all have to show a bit more patience these days. Distractions of the physical world and the metal world are more than enough to keep us slightly off at times. It's so easy to cuss under our breaths and be impatient that the people who slow us down know nothing of us and our own plate of life. To this I offer up my conductor's baton. Go ahead. Direct the symphony if you're the one who's most aware. I think you'll find, like me, that the moments are more amusing and a lot less stressful. I suppose it's all how you look at it.
Have a wonderful weekend. Live Laugh Love...Conduct