Finally, I told him to go back inside where I knew he was needed. He gave me a sweet, pitying look and ran back into the cool aisles of Publix.
really wanted that iced tea! I would sit on my pretty porch and read my Anne Tyler book and drink copious amounts of cold lemony tea as my three black cats happily slept.
Oh, dear God, there was my car! Right where I had thought it would be--how could I
have missed it?
You're old and forgetful.
I started loading my bags into the car. They had apparently mated and had children in the time it took to find the oldest Toyota in the world. Fretfully, I pulled a warm bottle of water out of its plastic halter (which would live forever) and drank half of it in one long gulp. At last I could drive home and enjoy my own small piece of paradise.
I smiled to myself and started the car. Only a lady had stopped her car directly behind mine and I couldn't get out. I motioned to her to back up, but she couldn't as another car was only inches away from hers. They both wanted my space and neither was prepared to move. I motioned to her to move on, but she ignored me. "Drive on! I can't get out!" She looked the other way. I got out of the car and shouted, "You have to move; you're blocking me!" She stared straight ahead.
Too bad you don't have a gun.
I moved closer to her car and hissed, "Drive on. Now!" Then I got back in my car and began to back up. Finally, Crazy Woman got the message and drove away. Then I screamed
"Back up!" to the man in the next car, but he wouldn't budge. Carefully, very carefully, I maneuvered my car out of the space, missing him by inches. Faster than a speeding bullet, he shot into my space.
I drove home in a daze, through the never-ending construction, over the freshly painted lanes which would be changed tomorrow. I thought only of Crystal Light Lemon Iced Decaf Tea.
At last I was home in my sanctuary, settling gratefully into my chippy wicker chair, holding Anne Tyler in one hand and a frosty glass of tea in the other. The cats slept on.
The world is too much with us....