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Would you behave differently if you were going to have to answer for your behavior or words later in the day? Alone in our cars or behind our computer screens we can forget about common decency, patience, civility, or empathy. Interacting with clerks at the store or receptionists at the doctor's office it's the same thing. Would you offer more respect and courtesy if you knew you were looking at the mom of your child's new best friend? We can be lured into thinking that it's all about us and our needs, our schedule, our emergencies. It's not. The parent that honked and then cut me off and sped ahead within inches of the student crosswalk, arrived in front of the school exactly 5 seconds ahead of me. In those 5 seconds, she managed to scare and upset another driver, intimidate 30 students, and educate her child about how little other people are to be considered or respected. Her world was very small indeed, it consisted of exactly one person.
I'm looking forward to my son's driving education. It will be stressful for sure. I also know that it's going to help me refocus on what's important and require me to practice what I'm preaching to him. Common decency, patience, civility, and empathy are all qualities that I need more of and that I want to offer to others - including the mystery driver who cut me off.