Mornin’ Sunshine

13 Sep

Yesterday morning I got stuck behind this ridiculously-slow-moving truck on the way to work and was so frustrated I could spit nails. I HATE slow-moving traffic. I LOATHE slow-moving traffic. I have no patience and no tolerance for it. In fact, one day it is probably going to cause me to stroke out behind the wheel. OK, that is a bit of an exaggeration, but you get my point.

I know I’ve said it before, but I firmly believe that anyone who is going to drive under the legally posted speed limit should restrict their travel to between midnight and 4 a.m. That way they are less likely to interfere with people who ACTUALLY HAVE TO BE SOMEWHERE… And quite frankly they will annoy fewer people. If they cannot adhere to the midnight and 4 a.m. rule, then the absolute least they could do is not travel between the hours of 5 a.m.- 9 a.m. Is this too much to ask?

However, since these restrictions are not yet LAWS… there is little I can do about it except complain, fume, roll my eyes, slam my hands against the steering wheel and call the driver of said slow-moving vehicle all sorts of nasty names while performing obscene hand gestures beneath the dashboard 1. so as not to incite road rage and/or get myself killed and 2. because I haven’t got the balls to do this above the dashboard where the offending motorist might actually see and identify me. But yesterday morning was a little bit of a different story.

Because of the aforementioned ridiculously-slow-moving-truck, I had the opportunity to meet the sunrise. While trapped behind the giant snail, I began to notice the tops of the brightly-lit, green trees and golden-tassled corn. My surroundings on the road down below were all a greenish-grey… but higher up on the horizon everything was brilliant blue, green and gold. And since I now had the time to watch this lovely scene unfold in front of me… thanks to Pokey-The-Passive-Pick-Up-Driver (jerk)… I decided to enjoy it.

Gradually, as the sun rose higher and higher in the East, the color spread down through the trees, illuminating more and more of the landscape. It was like being on the inside of a blank canvas while it was being washed with color. At one point it felt like I was driving through a glowing green tunnel as tall, mature maples guarded both sides of the highway. It was stunning. Little by little everything sprang to life as a promising new day began!

And before I knew it, I had stopped screaming, put both hands back on the wheel and forgotten ALL about the sluggish vehicle in front of me—probably because by now I had run it off the road and it was lying upside down in a ditch, wheels still spinning—but that’s another story for another day.

So, I would just like to close by saying: I guess there really IS some validity to the statement: “Take time to enjoy the scenery.” I would just prefer to enjoy the scenery… while traveling at least 65 miles per hour.

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11 Responses to “Mornin’ Sunshine”

  1. Kristi Trussel September 13, 2011 at 8:16 AM #

    Awwww….I loved it! And you are right, sometimes, just sometimes there is a reason for us to have to slow down…we miss so much during the hectic work day and home life. This was a very nice beginning to my day Joanna! Thanks!

  2. itsmerobynRobyn September 13, 2011 at 9:57 AM #

    Oh, that is soooo me! I HATE to drive slow……I purposely go a longer way to work, down this pretty little street, to calm down, and regroup before getting to work! I enjoy the flowers, the pretty houses, the dogs in the dog park……..it doesn’t always work, but I try!

    • Woman In Thrisis September 13, 2011 at 8:38 PM #

      Yes, you feel my pain! But it is good to try. Now I just need to lower my stress by leaving earlier so that I’m not always in such a rush!

  3. Renee September 13, 2011 at 11:32 AM #

    Love your post this morning. I saw a rainbow on the way home last night – faint but there. Then on the way to work this morning the sun was shining through a cloud – just gorgeous. Then a short while after that almost got sideswiped by some idjit who could not maintain a lane. Sometimes you just have to slow down and roll with it:)

    • Woman In Thrisis September 13, 2011 at 8:39 PM #

      Thank you Renee :) Definitely would be healthier to “slow down and roll with it.”

  4. Booksphotographsandartwork September 13, 2011 at 7:09 PM #

    Now see there you ended up enjoying your time. You smelled the roses. The person in front of you must have known that you needed to slow down. Ok this is what I tell my daughter when she reacts the same way. The person in front of you might have an extremely sore back. Maybe they just had a baby. Or surgery. Or they are really old and have no choice but to drive themselves. Maybe they are very sick or about to throw up. Maybe they lost their glasses. Or maybe it’s an angel keeping you from something bad. Now doesn’t that change your view?

    • Woman In Thrisis September 13, 2011 at 8:40 PM #

      Thanks for the reminder Linda. I once heard something like that… how we don’t know what that person is going through or what their challenges are so we should cut them some slack like we would want for them to do to us. Great advice!

  5. JT September 13, 2011 at 8:32 PM #

    Laugh out loud funny, You are hilarious, I keep busting out laughing every time I think of that image you posted, that is priceless and fits perfectly! Glad you smelled the roses :-)

  6. JT September 13, 2011 at 8:32 PM #

    BTW Get to bed :D

    • Woman In Thrisis September 13, 2011 at 8:37 PM #

      THANKS and thanks, JT. Thanks for teh compliment. I’m glad it made you laugh… and thanks for reminding me to get to bed! I am actually ready for bed… so for 2 nights in a row now I think I’m gonna make it! :D

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