Sunday, July 24, 2011

Road Rage anyone?

So, I was reminded again today why I hate people. As I was driving in the local "big city" on my way to drop Mr. X off at an appointment, I came upon a stop light at a busy intersection... No big deal, right? WRONG!! I had my van full of my loved ones but that didn't seem to matter to the lady that didn't think she needed to obey the law and ran her stop light right in front of me. I saw her approaching the intersection and questioned her out loud as she turned into my lane and sped off. At first I did the hand up gesture, as if to say, "WTF" and then I was done. But, Mr. X mentioned that I didn't need to get mad because people are just stupid. I told him I wasn't then he said, "well, I am.". For some reason, I became consumed with that horrible anger toward her and felt that the lady should pay, or at least be stopped and reminded of the proper driving laws.

I recalled a time in my earlier days when I was aquainted with some women that had done just that, gone after someone that pissed them off while driving. At the time, I was schocked to hear their stories, the chase, the cursing, sometimes even a punch or two. These weren't crazy teens, these were women, with children! I could easily see how road rage can get out of hand though. We put our lives in the hands of other people all the time, just by leaving home. It's something I've often forgotten but was unpleasantly reminded of this morning... So, to you, the lady that didn't slow down for the stoplight nor even stop at the red, I just hope you know that you nearly hit us, a van full of precious lives. You aren't a worthy driver and I hope you never come that close to hurting someone again! So, screw you! Nothing is worth what you could have taken.

My dad always told me to be an offensive driver and today, it saved my family's life.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Doing the "right thing", but why?

There are so many rules and regulations in life, so much drama that arises from being "good" but I ask you, isn't that what we all want? Why is doing the right thing, individually or as a whole, so difficult for people to follow? Was our entire youth a waste, being forced to go to school to learn and be productive members of society? I just don't get it.

I find myself particularly irritated when it comes to my kids. I've done my best to instill a sense of right and wrong in them, but what the h*** for if there are kids that get away with the unthinkable? How do I explain to my kids that what those other kids did was wrong, yes, and it's unfortunate that they'll never have to repay their wrongdoing but don't you ever think of trying it. It makes parenting really difficult. I've thought of how interesting it would be to just tell my kids, instead of being nice to the other kids at school or at the park, just take them down. I know this sounds ridiculous but that's just how I feel after years of watching them suffer for doing the right thing. I know life is hard but SERIOUSLY, aren't we making it harder on ourselves by letting our kids get away with such crap?

To all you parents that aren't aware of your kids' wrongdoings, get with the program! Your kids are the reasons people need therapy; your kids are the reasons kids opt out of playing sports or even enjoying school. Kids are mean and rude and just downright difficult but that's no excuse to just let it happen. Take control of them for gosh sake! At least then the rest of us don't have to listen to another heart wrenching story of how your darn kid made life hard for the other kid, who did the right thing.