From the Mouths of Babes: Curing Mommy’s Road Rage

standard November 10, 2009 4 responses

I am a very cautious driver. In fact, before last Sunday, I hadn’t been pulled over in over four years. I might always be dealing with kids yelling for something or other, but I’m cautious and careful. And like every other cautious and careful driver it bugs me when other drivers are not as cautious and careful.

In fact I might, maybe, just a bit, sometimes yell at these people. From the comfort and safety of my car. With the windows rolled up. It helps me blow off steam and get on with my commute.

C, however, does not quite understand this practice.

Take this morning for instance. On a rather, ok, really busy highway, a person right in front of me realized too late that he needed to get off said highway. Instead of continuing on to the next exit and turning around, like the rest of us might have done, this individual sllloooowwwwwed way down and then STOPPED while waiting for a break in the cars in the lane next to us. Stopped his car. In the middle of the highway. During a fast moving morning commute.

Cars whizzed by all around us and I felt like a sitting duck. I figured it was a matter of seconds before someone behind me didn’t notice that I was stopped and plowed right into us.

So I did what any rational, cautious, and careful driver would do. I lay on the horn and screamed at the other driver. From inside the safety of my car. With the windows rolled up.

“Mommy? Do you think that person heard you?” C asked sweetly from the back after I stopped my tirade, the offending car moved over to the right, and we finally moved on.

“Well, I’m sure he heard me honk.”

“But did he hear you yelling?”

“No, that he probably didn’t hear.” Thank goodness.

“Well, then, maybe next time you should open the windows when you yell. That way maybe he’ll hear you.”

Nothing like the point of view of a 4-year-old to show you how ridiculous you are.

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4 responses

  • Fabulous! Out of the mouths of babes.

  • OMG – you were SO ME just now!
    This happened to me a couple of years ago – well, there are a LOT of stupid drivers here in NJ, but this particular story, IT happened a couple of years ago…
    The exact same thing – the driver stopped in the middle lane of a 3 lane highway, not to exit, BUT.TO.TURN.INTO.WENDY’S.
    For a f’g hamburger!!!
    I seriously thought I’d have a stroke or an aneurism would burst in my brain – I was screaming at the top of my lungs, standing on the horn, thinking someone was going to HAVE to rear-end my car.
    And the driver gave me the finger.
    The middle one.
    Are you kidding me?????

  • C was right. You definitely should have opened the window to yell at them. Wait. That was me when I worked in NYC talking. Me from California says maybe you shouldn’t do that. Crazy people with guns and all.

    As long as you didn’t teach C any new words, a little yelling with the windows up to blow off steam now and then is probably the best way to go.

  • HILARIOUS!!!!!! I love it. She’s so cute.

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