Saturday, July 19, 2008

That woman growling at you? was me.

I did something so immature today. (What? You're shocked? Well, so was I.) I was driving my daughter and her two friends to the airport. So I had three hyper, thirteen-year old girls in the car, listening to hyper, thirteen-year-old music. Obviously the goal became to complete mission as quickly and painlessly as possible. Which may or may not have involved speeding. :)

But the gray car ahead of me in the carpool lane did not share my goal. In fact, it appeared the driver had no goal whatsoever, other than ambling down the highway a mile or two under the speed limit. (Did I say carpool lane?) I could feel my blood pressure rise as I followed them at their snail's pace, completely TRAPPED in their lane until the dotted lines of lane-change freedom reappeared and I was finally able to swerve out around them.

Now for the immature part: As soon as I was even with them in the adjacent lane, I had this bewildering visceral response. I felt utterly compelled to turn and look right at them...and GROWL. Not just a little grrr, but a grrrrr that grew into an almost roar, like grrrrraaaaaoooowwwwhhhrrl! It felt awesome!

And then I started to laugh at myself. What WAS that? And where on earth did it COME from? It makes me shake my head and giggle right now, just imagining it: A middle-aged mom driving three kids to the airport, suddenly turning sideways and letting out this gigantic ROAR, and then continuing to cruise on down the highway as if nothing happened. Hilarious!

One of my favorite books is My Monastery is a Minivan. The author has somehow found a way to turn the place she spends the most time – the car – into a bastion of meditation and peace. I clearly need to reread it.

10 comments:

Kazzy said...

Once I was coming around the bend on my road and a man pulled out to make a left turn right in front of me, cutting me off. I admit I laid heavily on the horn and even threw a disapproving look his way. The next morning at ward council the bishop leaned over to me and apologized for his poor driving. We both had made poor choices, but I know mine was worse. The natural woman had come honking out of me!

charrette said...

That's awesome!

I had an experience like that once:
Back before I was married, I was driving downtown and the older person ahead of me was driving a good-sized BOAT of a car. He didn't turn right at the red light (although he easily could have). THEN, when the light changed and he pulled out into the intersection, his goal was clearly to turn the corner SO SLOWLY they felt no centrifugal force whatsoever. There was no way I'd make it through the light at this ridiculous pace. I started to lay on my horn, and as soon as they got out of my lane and I was able to pass...it turns out the other driver was MY OWN GRANDPA! Oops! I just blithely smiled and waved as I passed, and tried to make it look like I just honked because I was super-excited to see them. *wince*

Dad said...

I think I know where the GRRRR! came from. Me?????????? Aloha, D.

Cari said...

What is this "middle-aged" thing? Are you high?!

breckster said...

I growl often, so much so that growls are a regular part of my son's vocabulary.

The nice thing about relying on public trans is I don't yell at people in other cars anymore. When I get frustrated with another person in transit I can't say anything because I know they will hear me. But, the worst things I have ever said have been about SLOW drivers blocking all of the lanes between Salt Lake and Provo.

Eowyn said...

So have you seen Backyardigans, the pirate one? There's a song that goes, "A pirate, A pirate, A pirate goes Argh!"

We've changed it at my house.

"A mommmy, A mommy, A mommy goes ARGH!!!" Works well, don't ya think?

I tried to find a link, but couldn't find it. Rats.

heather said...

So I feel a little silly, but I've been away for a couple of days and can't find where you commented with some links to posts that were similar to one of mine.
I really want to read them.
Which post, you ask? Um, don't know. Sorry! I'm kind of lame and over-tired right now. I think they were about the perfectionist parenting thing, but I can't be 100% positive...If you get time and you remember what the heck I'm talking about I would love to be reminded....
I get all GRRRR in the car sometimes too and then Miles says something like "mommy what are you doing" and I laugh at myself and am reminded of what I'm teaching him to be concerned about. But driving can be so ANNOYING!!! okay, drivERS can be so annoying...

Kimberly said...

I'm giggling like mad because I have done the exact...same...thing!

Exact!

Brillig said...

YOU? You growl at people? I NEVER would have guessed that. hahaha. I love it!

EEEEMommy said...

What a hysterical post! Who hasn't felt like that at some point?!?! Love your honesty!