I had to make a quick trip to the Superstore last night. On my way in, I was totally preoccupied with getting in and getting out as quickly as possible. I was stopped in my quest by an older, er, gentleman (I use that term loosely), who was loudly questioning me while flailing his arms…
“Do you see any senior citizens parking?”
“Umm, no, sir, I don’t”, I said, after a quick look around at the many handicapped and expectant mothers parking spaces.
Then, I have to admit, I got a little scared, as he went on a bit of a tirade.
“I’m 67 and I work for all these years and pay taxes into the system. This parking lot must have been designed by Newfies!!!!” (I have nothing against Newfies, but apparently he does!)
Hmmmm… “OK, sir”, I say, as I pick up the pace into the store.
By now he had caught the attention of a guy walking into the store in front of me as well. This man kept looking at me with an expression that I like to believe said something like, “Can you believe this guy? If he takes one more step towards you, I’ll intervene.”
I hastily walked to the pharmacy which is where I was headed anyway. While I was waiting for my prescription, I just keep thinking about Mr. Irate.
Here are my top 3 burning questions…
What is happening in his life right now that is causing him to explode on innocent bystanders in parking lots?
Is he accustomed to getting to park in senior citizen parking spaces when he leaves his house? (I, for one, cannot recall EVER seeing a specially marked senior citizen parking space. However, I have lived in Florida for the past four years and I think it would be helpful down there to have spaces that say, “If you are NOT a snowbird, park here.” 🙂 )
And lastly, I hope if our paths should cross again, I will have the guts to say to him what I was thinking on my way to my car, past the handicapped and expectant mothers parking spaces…”Hello again, Sir. I just wanted to let you know that I did not enjoy being pregnant and I am glad to NOT be parking in the expectant moms parking at this point in my life. Aren’t you glad that you’ve made it to 67 and don’t have to park in the handicap spot?!”
Perspective is everything!