Sunday, 1 October 2017

Is the Life We Mock A Mirror of Our Own?

I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. Maybe both emotions would have been strangely appropriate.

Needing a grandson fix, my wife and I went over to our daughter and son-in-law's place the other day. While there our daughter shared how she went out on an errand earlier in the day and for some reason, needed to turn around. I don't remember exactly why; perhaps she forgot something. Regardless, that's not important.

They live on a narrow street that really allows only for one-way traffic due to parked cars on both sides of the street. U-turns are impossible without first pulling into someone else's driveway, which is what she did. As fast as she did that, and barely before she had the car in reverse, the homeowner of that property came flying out of the house, waving her arms and yelling something about my daughter being on their driveway. My daughter wasn't there for 30-seconds, but that was apparently long enough for this homeowner to become unglued. Later the same day, and once again driving by the same house, two new signs suddenly appeared on the garage doors: "Private Driveway KEEP OFF." I'm sure the neighbours loved the sight of that!

Now I mentioned that I didn't know whether to laugh or cry.

Part of me wanted to laugh at the ridiculousness of the whole situation. Oh no, someone turned around on her driveway! The world must certainly be coming to an end! Heaven forbid that someone should get their dirty car tires on the otherwise clean concrete of someone else's driveway. Call the police! Call out the National Guard! Declare a state of emergency! My property has been trespassed! Oh, the horrors!

Another part of me wanted to cry. Why? Because some people clearly have no life! Oh, the things we sometimes fuss over! Oh, the pet peeves that so often annoy the h*ll out of many of us! A stranger's car comes a little too close to our little kingdoms! Someone's lack of grammar skills irks us to no end (their, they're, there; learn the difference!) Note to self. I get it when stress comes with the big things in life, but when we lose our sh*t over little insignificant events, well, that's just sad.

As I reflected on this further, I found myself looking deep within my own little idiosyncrasies. Are there relatively minor things that cause me to become easily unglued? Do I have my own little pet peeves? Unfortunately, if I'm honest with myself, the answer has to be, "Yes, there are." Maybe you can relate. Though you and I may not have erected big red-lettered signs on our properties to warn off would-be trespassers, maybe we too have little things that irk the h*ll out of us just the same.

I have a little mat at my back door which really says it all. It simply says: "Go Away." True story; it's actually there. I haven't yelled at anyone lately who came too close (I hope), but maybe I'm no better than the neighbour my daughter encountered that day. Maybe my social skills are also enough to make someone want to both laugh and cry.

The door mat was initially purchased as a joke. But just maybe, there is a measure of truth there somewhere as well. Hmm, I wonder.

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