Christmas Road Rage
True signs of the season...
During this time every year we expect to hear, “Tis the season to be jolly…”, but more often than not we hear, “Get outa my parking space, you saw I was here first…” . Where we should be hearing, “God rest ye merry gentlemen ”, we are more likely to hear “Bah, humbug… , instead. Why? This is supposed to be the happiest time of the year, Christmas plays convey messages of Peace, good will toward men, and as we leave the school or church where our children portrayed an angel or wise man they observe moms and dads shouting out obscenities toward other drivers who happen to pull in front of them on their way out of the parking lot.
the word he used was ‘chivalry'
What is wrong with adults today? In this part of the country we used to pride ourselves on our courtesy shown toward others. We still have some one lane underpasses that the railroad built in 1907. We used to pull up and see if the way was clear before proceeding. This was the southern gentlemanly way to drive, I remember hearing my dad say, “There may be a lady wanting to come through—, a gentleman always allows a lady to pass first.“ I believe the word he used was ‘chivalry’. I don’t know if it’s still in the dictionary or not, if so men don’t seem to use it anymore. My brother-in-law said it went out with ‘women’s liberation’ and I guess maybe it did. I recently heard this woman (a lady wouldn’t use that kind of language my dad would say) cussing this poor elderly gentleman out for not allowing her to pull in front of him. She used words that I had never heard before.
Do you consider yourself a more courteous driver during Christmas?
don't let the Grinch steal Christmas
It’s as if people become another individual when they slip under the steering wheel of their automobile and not just during the holidays. Instead of a ‘jolly old elf’ one might expect during this season, some may be more accurately described as finding someone more like a ‘Grinch’ or maybe even a ‘Scrooge’. Some have said it’s because of the awesome power at the disposal of the one behind the wheel. Or the slower speeds, more traffic or the more frequent stop and go nature of holiday driving. We tend to forget that it is more blessed to give than receive by allowing others to pull in front of us and maybe just bite our lip and offer a smile in place of that frown that we would rather show. What about that alternate route to WalMart we found last fall, so we finally take it just to discover someone else had the same idea and we find ourselves in another line.
be gracious - its Christmas.
Men and women, moms and dads and the children are definitely watching and listening. Their best teaching elements being the adults around them; they learn by example, what they see and hear. So what are we teaching our kids? That we always get our way; you never let anyone merge in front of us as we drive and if someone tries, you are expected to give them a tongue lashing rather than a forgiving spirit and give in just this once? As we drive to the mall are we finding it harder to “have yourself a merry little Christmas”, or as we sit in traffic behind a little old lady that chooses to let everyone from the next county pull out in front of her— be gracious - its Christmas.