Friday, November 14, 2008

To the guy who flipped me off,

I'm sorry. I really, really am. I did not mean to cut you off. Truly, I didn't. I looked in my rearview mirror, and even checked my blind spot. I just sincerely did not see you. I moved into the right hand lane to scoot around the slow truck in front of me and suddenly you were there behind my Suburban. The only thing I can figure is that you were already there, and I simply cut you off.

I. Felt. AWFUL.

I am SO SORRY!!! But, how can I tell you that? You hung way back, probably because you thought I was a crazy driver and didn't care about you, so you were worried I'd do something else foolish. When I turned left at the light and you went straight, I was going to try to smile sheepishly and wave, make some kind of a motion to apologize, or mouth the word "sorry." So was it really necessary to roll down your window and make that obscene gesture? I'm sure you were upset with me, but so was I. I was upset with me, too.

We all make mistakes. You may have inadvertently cut someone off before, just like I did to you. So next time someone accidentally comes a little too close, please have some grace. Because flipping off the woman who already feels horrible just makes everything that much worse. And I'd really like to think that if you knew how badly I felt and that I really didn't mean to do it, you'd smile and shrug it off.
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Norm in Redmond said...

Next time get his license and I'll have a talk with him. ;-)

Jeremy said...

He probably used the, "Look kids, a deer" line...