Blinded by the Light

We are leaving WalMart on a winter night.  Dave unlocks my door and quickly starts the car while he throws our bags in the back.  I buckle my seat-belt and I’m singing when I look up and notice the SUV parked nose to nose with ours.  The man in the passenger seat seems to be glaring weirdly at me.  I feel color rise to my cheeks as I think, “He must think I am talking to myself.”  A flutter of a giggle almost emerges, but I decide to keep singing.  I glance back and think “He has the angriest expression.”  Then I chide myself for thinking poorly of his face, that is just the way he looks.  How paranoid am I, I wonder?

Suddenly in very agitated and exaggerated movements, he reaches over and turns on his headlights.

Oh, now I see.  Our headlights come on right away when we start the car.  We didn’t mean anything by it, fella, really.  We didn’t even know you were in there.  They aren’t bright or anythingI wasn’t staring at you, ‘promise.  I nervously keep singing to keep from bursting into laughter at the fact that he WAS really giving me ugly looks and I was somewhat oblivious, only believing myself to be judgemental.

As Dave climbed into the car, I turned my head towards him in case my parking-lot-counterpart was a lip reader, but couldn’t stop the giggling from tumbling out as I said, “I think we ticked that guy off.  I think he thought we just turned the headlights on him on purpose.” 

Apparently he was a lip-reader.  For at this time, in an even more exaggerated way, he flipped on his brights and we backed out totally blinded by them and unable to see if this brought him any satisfaction, whatsoever.

Really, guy, we meant you no harm.  I can’t help it.  You are still making me laugh.

6 thoughts on “Blinded by the Light

  1. I felt like walking over to the guy’s window and apologizing that our lights came on automatically and then hitting him in the head with a trashcan to try and shake his brains back where they should be…
    But I didn’t.
    All I could do, in the glow of his lights was shake my head and smile.
    Unfortunately, those people never think they’re idiots. They just go about in life thinking that everything that goes on in the world is about them and that everyone is out to either get them or aggrevate them.
    Flame on!

  2. I know how you feel! The Legacy had running lights on it and the come on the second you turn the key. I usually get the people that honk though!

  3. Poor guy, his wife probably dragged him out to spend the last of his hard earned money and because of it, he lost his joy. Thanks for making me smile.

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