Crosswalk Crossroads : Letters From The Pedestrian

15 08 2011

Dear old lady, with the Jack Russell Terrier, who could barely see over the steering wheel of her Toyota,

I’m writing to apologize for my ignorance and disrespect as I attempted to walk my dog across the big white striped crosswalk after pushing the button and seeing the white LED man come up on the screen. I must not have been paying attention to the signals that informed me I had the right of way and that it was okay for me and my furry kid to cross the street safely.

It must have been hard for you to take that left turn on a green light so slow and avoid running my dog and I over in the fifteen seconds it took for us to cross. Thank you for creeping up on us slowly and gently tapping my leg with the front of your car to inform me you were coming no matter what. It was so kind for you to again inform me that you had the right away by pointing to the green traffic signal hanging above even while the LED sign was still blinking the 8 seconds left before the orange hand would appear and take over. I was amazed that you were so quick to notice as you continued to drive and weren’t distracted by the steering wheel blocking your view or your hyperactive Jack Russell Terrier standing on your middle console backing you up with his yaps.

You must have developed some sincere patience and self-control over the years because when I pointed back at the sign to show you the seconds still counting down, you came back again, holding your ground and pointed to the green light hanging above without losing the angry scowl on your wrinkly face.

I have plenty to learn from the old and the wise who are somehow still qualified to drive 3000 lb vehicles without meeting proper height requirements and without knowing or abiding by the rules of the road. Thankfully, I can still stand corrected and will hope for a rainy day to wash away the dog shit I inappropriately threw at your car.


The Crosswalk Bandit




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