A Knock on the Window

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I drove my kids in this morning, we got kind of a lazy start to the day.  I live in Somerset, Wisconsin and we live about 3 miles from school.  I was in a long line of other carpoolers inching towards the light at 64 and 35.    I stopped to let a car into the line of traffic from a driveway.  He gave me the wave and I waved back.  No biggie.
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We made it to school and I pulled up to the drop off spot we always use and put the car in park.  I turned to give my kids our usual goodbye “ob shnob de gobble dobble” (thanks Nanny Jean) and out they went.  Off  to tackle whatever 3rd and 4th grade had to offer them today.
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I was watching them go and I heard a knock on my window.  I turned and a man was standing next to my car.
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My immediate reaction was “crap, what does he think I did and is he going to yell at me?”
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I was so anxious that I pushed the lock/unlock button instead of the window button.  He had me jumpy.
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I figured out how to lower the window and said hi.
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He said “Say, I just wanted to thank you for letting me into traffic.  It was the first time in like 5 years I haven’t had to push my way into that line.  So thanks, have a great day”
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WHAAAA?
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This guy actually got out of his car, which was 3 cars behind me at the drop off door (I know because I watched him walk away, I was too stunned to put the car in drive) and thanked me in person.  Wow.
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My first thought was how sad that no one lets him into the line of cars.  My second thought was how sad that my first thought was he was going to yell at me.

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Wonder why I thought it would be a negative exchange.
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I think we are conditioned for negativity.   On TV, the radio, pop culture, news…negativity is all around us.
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Wouldn’t it be great if you got a knock on your window and thought something awesome must be about to happen?
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You never know, it just might.
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2 Responses to “A Knock on the Window”

  1. Sally Sullivan says:

    Thanks for sharing. It is nice to hear a positive experience rather than all the road rage crap and how cool that he thanked you in person. I usually am happy with just a wave because they are even hard to come by these days. People to occupied with their phones.. May you have a very Merry Christmas.

  2. Mary Williams says:

    Aime you have a real talent for observation and for writing!!

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