Tuesday, June 17, 2008

There Goes the Neighborhood...

To the lady (and I use that term loosely) in the Ford Fusion who was ahead of me in the turn lane tonight: You are a BAD mom. And you got your driver's license out of a vending machine for a quarter. Do you know what that big square vehicle is with the whirling red lights and "whooop, whooop" sirens? It's called an AMBULANCE. When an AMBULANCE approaches an intersection, there's this little sensor, and it changes the lights on the side of the intersection where the ambulance is traveling. That means MOVE OVER NOW. That does NOT mean "flip off the driver behind you who honks her horn." That's your first problem. Your second problem is "the bird." You are a mom. There was a kid in the car. What kind of example are you showing your kid? A bad one. An example that tells him, "Manners don't count. It's ALL ABOUT ME." Listen, missy: It is NOT all about you. Get your snotty head out of your sit bones, crank the music down, look in your rearview mirror and see the big square vehicle with the whirling red lights and foghorn-like bellow coming up behind you. It's people like you that teach your kids that they are the center of the universe, and they can dump on everyone else. It's not about you. It's about the ambulance. Ambulances carry sick people. Have you ever ridden in one? I gotta tell you - it's a very nasty ride. The industrial-strength shocks make for a very bumpy ride, and if you are sick or hurt enough to be in an ambulance, you really ARE in need of quick transport to the nearest hospital. Ambulances have the right of way, at least in this state. At least when they're not confronted by bumble-headed nitwits who can't see past the bird they're flipping at other drivers who are between the two of them. Get over yourself. Maybe teach your kid manners - though I doubt you have any. Teach your kid that "the bird" is a bad thing. Teach your kid that ambulances and other emergency vehicles take first place on the road when they have their lights and sirens going. If you can't teach this information to your kid, maybe - just maybe - you might KNOW someone with manners. Or send me a message - I'll find someone to teach your kid, since you are obviously not providing a good example for him. In the meantime, if you can't see an ambulance or hear it, you really do not need to be driving, especially with a kid in the car.

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