From Catch Up With Summer, published in 2015.
The Open Road
Traveling on the highway reveals
in a way that nothing else does.
When you stop at the rest area
keep this fact in mind.
The parking lot is not enough of a transition
from motorist to pedestrian status
to feel safe in taking your attention
even though you have left the car and are on foot.
The lady who cut you off while changing lanes
a few miles back
will most certainly do the same to you
as you move toward the line
for buying a hamburger
for your lunch.
Consider yourself warned.
10 thoughts on “The Open Road”
Haha, driving and waiting in line can have its perils.
Yes. No one warns you about the crazy parking lot situations, you have to experience them for yourself, don’t you?
And, it is only getting worse!
There are a lot of people like that, aren’t there?
Especially on highway stops, everyone is distracted, in a hurry, kids are crying or hungry, and the average late middle aged woman such as myself needs to keep in shape for making a run across the lot. !!!
Sounds like hell!
One of the versions. Certainly.
I have never thought about it before but you are so right. I also found it peculiar to be travelling around the Plains states and not be honked at once. I don’t think I heard a horn blast more than twice the whole time. I have become so accustomed to the Philly driver addiction to honking horns that not hearing horn blasts felt odd – refreshing but odd.
I remember growing up in Tennessee it was against the law to honk your horn except in emergency. No self-expression. I love Philadelphia driving – a nice combo of aggression with rules (but you do have to know them) and then that odd moment of serendipity when everyone drives happy…
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