I was screamed at, flipped off – with both hands, no less – and called a name I really hate!! All by a guy with at least three small children watching him and in front of a store employee! Mentioned the incident to my ErinLee and sure enough, a similar thing happened to her the same day in a grocery store across the country. Did I provoke? No, I motioned for him to move his truck so I could get around him and be on my way and the three vehicles behind me as well.
I haven’t even said that he hopped out of his truck and was moving toward mine while flipping me off and growling obscenities. My mind flew back in time and I was ready. I quickly hit the door lock, checked my window – how far was it open – and calculated, “He’s coming at an angle.” In those few seconds I figured if he kept coming I could use my truck to back him up and give him a little vehicular hug if he chose not to back off with me moving toward him.
I hurt for those children, knowing the stats on boys raised in abusive homes; not just the boys, but their future spouses as well. And his daughter, if one of those children was a girl – what would she look for in a husband someday?
An angry man setting the stage for generations to come. It’s everywhere; if you pay attention in your daily encounters you’ll see lots of anger. Road rage, ErinLee hollered at in the grocery store, name-calling, scowling faces. It’s all around us. It is said that anger flows from hurt. If so, why are we in so much pain?
How are you?