Mothers and Crosswalks!

Posted by Mattie on Aug 30, 2010 in Womanhood

Today I lost my temper in front of my kids. I try not to do that, but what else am I suppose to do when a driver is speeding down the road towards my young child while she is crossing in the crosswalk. After we all check to make sure it was safe to enter the road.

This lady (and I rather call her something else) was speeding in the school zone. While we were in the middle of the road we all heard her barrelling down the road. I am used to negligent divers, but her driving really came to my attention when my other child said, “look how fast she is coming”.

I looked up and saw this “lady” looking right at me and not slowing down. I then moved my kids along so that they could get safely to the sidewalk and looked her straight in the eye and told her to “SLOW DOWN”. I did raise my voice.

She then yelled back at me. As though my young children and I were in the wrong. I don’t remember what she was saying, because I was so angry that she was confronting us, as though we were in her way.

All I kept thinking was, what the heck is going on here. So I gave her the finger and told her a few choice words. I am not proud of that behaviour that I displayed in front of my kids. I lost my temper.

I then turned my back to her and carried on walking my kids to school.  She then stopped in the middle of road and kept yelling at me. I feel as though I had no choice at this point. She was bullying me (and my kids) and there was no way I was going to let her get away with it.

I am my daughters’ role model and I will not be pushed around, especially in front of them. I could have walked away, but chose not to.  I made sure the kids were safe on the sidewalk and I walked straight up to her open windows and kept yelling at her “you are speeding in a school zone” no matter what she said to me. I kept shouting in my lion voice “YOU ARE SPEEDING IN A SCHOOL ZONE!” and…”YOU ARE GOING TO KILL A CHILD!”
She then sped off. She was still in the school zone.

I did not do what I really wanted to do to her as that would mean that I would have completely lost control of myself. But drivers need to respect the children. The kids are going to work, just like anyone else.

If society doesn’t respect our children, how do we expect our kids to respect society? If we want our kids to be healthy and safe, then the drivers on the road need to respect our kids.

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