She probably had redeeming qualities but she clearly kept them locked away to share only with those she valued. I’d found what I wanted and then headed over to check out something that I’ve been waiting to go on sale for two years now. It wasn’t on sale. Then I found a line up, got in it and waited. The present purchased, hidden in my wheelchair bag, and I was off to meet Joe. I’d sent him to the lobby where there are chairs placed under a skylight and which is a real gathering spot in my neighbourhood.
When I came out and headed over to Joe, she was there and she was on her phone. Her conversation animated and her voice cutting. I began to wonder how well and how deeply she’d hidden those redeeming qualities. Distracted walking is dangerous and, of course, she stepped in front of me. I wasn’t anticipated it because as I was passing her she walk walking one way and then her voice escalated and she turned sharply and stepping in front of me.
This time she noticed me fly forward in my seat. She covered the phone and hissed, “You need to be careful in that thing. You could have run into me.” Now I was annoyed. “Lady, I am careful in this thing, I could have run into you several times today and I didn’t. So I’m a good driver and I’ve got enough patience not to ram into people who believe that they own all the space around them.”
She flipped me the bird!
I said, “That’s all you got?” and started laughing. She mightn’t have been the nicest person but when someone has a one fingered way to state their case they aren’t even slightly fun to engage with.
So, I didn’t.
I smiled and waved goodbye to her, still giggling.