Winter Driving Advisory from a Mom
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
An Open Letter to Social Media updaters who complain about slow drivers in winter weather conditions:
It's winter and 'tis the season to read posts that you publicly shame cautious winter drivers. I get it. It's what is socially acceptable to do now - immediately run to social media to see how many high fives we can harness by poking fun at someone that caused a blip of annoyance in our day. I guess I get it.
But I also know that you may very well be making fun of me. I might have been that cautious driver who's tail you rode for 15 minutes because what you don't realize in your moment of driving impatience is that I have two little humans in my backseat. One that is crabby because she needs a nap and another who has asked incessantly if he can have a snack and watch Bubble Guppies when we get home. And by incessantly, I mean 36 times in a row. We've been listening to this same Johnny Cash song on repeat for the last 25 minutes because it's the only thing that keeps my daughter from whining. Honestly, just like you, I really just want to get home too.
But I also have a deep worry in my heart, because no matter how distracting or annoying my two kids are in this moment, I also know that sort of the biggest point of being a Mom is try to keep my little humans safe. So if that means driving overly cautious when there is snow and possible ice on the road, then I sincerely apologize for the moment of road rage I have sparked in you today.
However, please know that as you blow by me at your first chance of passing; speeding by with confidence and a proud sense of invincibility, I send out a small wish to the universe to keep you safe until you arrive at your destination. 'Please let them get there, at least for their mother's sake.' Because you see, I can't watch you zoom by without imagining that my own children will be just like you someday. And as your cellphone buzzes with a text from your own mother asking, "Did you get there yet? Please text when you do," know too, that I am hoping for the same.
Perhaps the next time you come up behind a cautious driver in inclement weather, you will imagine it is me with my two cranky kids that I love more than my own self. And in place of frustration or annoyance, you can send out a small wish for that nervous driver and their precious cargo to safely arrive home instead.
a Mum and her two little gremlins.