The cars flew past the stop sign and darted out in front of me as my car slowed behind. Freaking teenagers, I thought to myself.
I knew exactly where they were going. On my way to work, I pass the high school. The time I drive there coincides with the return of many students from their lunch break.
Hence the rush.
For some reason, this made me angrier than usual. It wasn’t just the usual speeding. It was the NOT stopping. What if I had been going faster? What if I had been in such a place and with my kids in the back seat? My mind wandered to places it really didn’t need to go. Part of me wanted to be like those crazy moms I see in the Facebook groups that snapshot pictures of license plates and put it out like a public shaming. The other part just wanted to follow them into the parking lot and go off like a crazy person.
Remember that scene in Fried Green Tomatoes?
Yeah. Something exactly like that too.
Do you remember being young and thinking you were invincible?
Usually it went along with reckless.
As our cars got closer to the high school, they turned into the student parking lot. I continued straight and had to slow down due to police and ambulance lights. There was an accident up ahead. I couldn’t help but wonder if it was that kind of reckless driving by teenagers that caused it.
Police officers directed me to drive in the high school parking lot and exit a different way. It didn’t take long for me to get lost for a couple of minutes thinking I would never get out.
Just what I need I thought…getting stuck back in high school again and of course probably wearing the wrong outfit just like way back when too.
By the time I found my way out, I had calmed down. Watching those students leave their cars and rush into school made me think of the times I was young and reckless.
Just not stupid enough to do it all with a car though.
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