A reader writes:
I have written a letter to whomever was the Harried Driver I had to deal with recently. I thought it might be a good reminder for all harried drivers.
Dear Harried Driver,
I want to apologize for my daughter’s behavior recently when she gave you the finger.
At 24, she certainly knows better than to exhibit this kind of sign, especially given the holiday season.
She probably didn’t consider what a hurry you were in to roll through the intersection at Valley and Bellevue avenues in Upper Montclair. Maybe you had to let your dog out or maybe you were running late for a hair appointment. Or maybe you were rushing to work. I get it. And who wants to slow down for a woman scraping along on an aluminum walker?
Why isn’t she moving faster, you must have wondered. Or get an electric wheelchair?
My daughter tries to hurry me along, I assure you, but she was also supervising her own toddler, my granddaughter, to cross the street before the light changed.
I admit to being less diligent about counting the seconds on the crossing signals that may enable a person with two good legs to cross quickly. I’m trying to increase my speed but I’m a bit less daring since I recently had a fall. I wasn’t always so slow but post radiation treatment for cancer left me in such a pickle!
I know I should just stay home or move to Florida with older geezers but my family is here and I do love walking in this lovely community for the time I’m able.
So next time, I’ll try to look out for you. And if you’re still so impatient, I will deliver the message with my own finger.
Wacky Wheeling Woman