Well, I'm still chuckling from this one, and I hope it makes you laugh today, especially if you're feeling downtrodden, lonely, or experiencing any other emotion that might make laughter seem like something you used to do, but don't do much anymore.
I just offended someone by being nice.
I'm a very courteous driver. I've often wondered if I tick people off behind me in traffic because I tend to stop a lot and let others out of side streets or parking lots. I always stop at the crosswalk when someone wants to cross. I'm just not in a hurry anymore, and I don't really care if the person behind me is.
Well, I went out to pick up lunch for myself and my co-workers. I guess I must have made a courtesy stop a time or two. Then I noticed a woman standing on the sidewalk who appeared to want to cross, but she wasn't in the crosswalk. I stopped anyway. After she crossed, the person behind me gave me a little toot. I thought,
Why is he honking at me?
I continued on my way and I heard the guy again. This time it was less of a toot and more of a honk. I probably stopped to let a car out.
I started to get just a tad annoyed, but if I gave in to that, I'd only be coming down to his level. And I wasn't letting a harried stranger cause me to lose my peace!
So I stuck my arm out the window and waved to him, as if I knew him.
Oh, hello! How are you? Can't stop...I'm in my car!
That just made him more mad!
So he honked again.
I waved again.
He honked louder and longer.
I waved more dramatically and longer.
His honks became angrier.
My waves became friendlier.
And then I started laughing uncontrollably. I found the situation to be quite hysterical.
Do people realized how stupid they look when they get angry all alone in their cars?
My stop was coming up, and I made sure to give him plenty of warning by putting my turn signal on at the Motor Vehicle required 100 feet prior to my turning.
He grew silent.
Oh, it was too good to be true. He hadn't forgiven me that easy.
No, he was saving it up for one last blast.
And blast he did!
As I turned into the deli, he leaned on that horn just to make sure I knew how much he didn't appreciate my kindness!
As I turned, I leaned out the window, waved frantically and yelled, "Bye!"
I'm sure I made a difference in his day.
He sure made one in mine. I haven't laughed so hard in weeks!
Blessings Along the Path,
sharing this post with Holly at Testimony Tuesday, Kelly at #RaRa Linkup, Holley at Coffee For Your Heart, Beth at Wedded Wednesday, Deb at Blessing Counters, Arabah Joy at Grace & Truth, Barbie at The Weekend Brew, Janis at Sunday Stillness, Crystal at Thriving Thursdays