Yesterday, after completing my grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s, I had little more time to go and pick up my daughter. I sat in my car sipping some soymilk, listening to NPR, and gazing around.
A woman, maybe in her late thirties, walked to a Ford Expedition pushing her grocery cart. She looked a little antsy and angry. She loaded the groceries into the car and slammed the door so loud that the robins pecking their food on the ground took to their wings. Her vehicle was parked two parking slots after mine. I clearly could see what happened next. She pushed the cart so recklessly toward the empty parking space right in front her that it took a diversion and rammed into a Toyota Corolla’s head lights. I saw the glass pieces chipping off and falling on the ground. To my dismay, she turned her head, looked at the car that was damaged, and walked back to her car and swooshed off. I didn’t see any sorry feeling on her face nor did she try to leave a message to the car owner. I was so taken aback with this vitiated attitude of hers. I didn’t know whether anyone else noticed this ruthless act but it threw me off. It all happened so quickly and I didn’t even notice the car number.
I waited for the car owner to return. An elderly couple owned that car. I went and told them what happened and apologized for not noting down the car number. They told me that their grandchildren gifted the car to them for their wedding anniversary just a week ago. The moisture in the old lady’s eyes didn’t go unnoticed by me. My heart ached for that old couple.
Besides the shortage of good water, good air, good health, good leaders, good teachers, good education, good jobs – looks like the world is falling short of good people, good thinking, and good behavior, too.