I’ll be bringing another child into the world at the end of October, a baby boy! This pregnancy has been so different and relaxing in many ways since I am no longer commuting into NYC for work. BUT there are still plenty of opportunities to bump into a-holes on the roads of New Jersey.
One morning I was picking up some juice and a snack at the gas station near my office. As I was leaving the parking lot, heading to the exit, I noticed a red Jeep was speeding out of its parking space and not paying attention that I was behind it. I honked to alert the driver so that he/she wouldn’t hit me. Well that did it. The driver stopped and waited.
As I drove around the driver who obviously couldn’t wait to spew obscenities at me, I noticed the middle aged man had his window down. “Are you in a rush!” he yelled.
I responded calmly, “No. You were speeding out of your space and didn’t seem to notice I was coming up right behind you.”
“I wasn’t speeding! You were!”
“No I wasn’t. I’M PREGNANT and being CAREFUL so no one hits me!” I yelled back.
“Seems like you’re in a rush to me!”
“Listen, I have the right away and if you don’t like it, get off the road!” I then sped off and gave him the finger through my window.
What an ass. Despite the fact that I am pregnant he still insisted that he had the right to drive the way he did and even wanted to continue to fight about it. Sometimes I feel like men have lost all respect for women. When I’m pregnant, women are the ones who often open the doors for me and ask me how I am doing. When I was in NYC, men never got up for me when I was on the subway. Something has gone terribly wrong, and I’m not sure why. I could blame violence on TV and in movies, excessive war around the world, or the economy I guess. Or maybe it’s just bad parenting. As I raise my son, I’ll remember to teach him what it means to treat people with respect!