Ever hear a parent say they aren't a role model?
Ever see a parent doing something and want to go smack the tar out of them for those actions?
Today just happened to be a day when I got to experience that. Not once, but thrice, in a matter of minutes.
Situation 1 - On the way to work, the car in front of me (and one lane over to the right) starts drifting into my lane. There's a healthy gap between us, so I'm not too concerned. There is also a driver in front of me in the lane to my left. He starts drifting into my lane as well.
I back off a bit as these two cars are moving to occupy the same spot and I don't want to hit them if they end up colliding.
I'm not sure if they see each other so I honk, just to get their attention. Both of them immediately swerve back into their lanes. I can then see the driver on the left screaming like a fool while flipping the bird to the other driver.
The other driver responds by rolling his window down, extending his arm, and returning the greeting - accompanied by what I can only assume to be gracious words of encouragement. I'm sure he wanted to make sure the first driver knew how much he wanted him to have a pleasant day.
They speed up and slow down, trying to cut each other off - nearly wrecking several times. I decided at this point I've seen enough so I speed up to get away from them. As I approach the cars I notice that each of them has the same bumper sticker.
|You can't make this stuff up.|
I try not to judge the drivers. I try not to think bad thoughts about them. It's not easy.
Situation 2 - Not five minutes later I am passing another car. The windows are rolled up, there is cigarette smoke filling the car, and again, there is another little child sitting in a car seat in the back.
|At least this window is down, I guess.|
Situation 3 - A few minutes pass and I'm getting off the interstate. The car in front of me on the ramp is full of activity. It's in the lane to exit left and I am going right. As I pass this car I notice four children in the backseat of a Corolla. I'm not so good with ages of other children, but I can't imagine any of them are older than five.
|Not street legal.|
None of them are even buckled in.
The driver is putting on makeup and appears to be singing along with the radio. Either that or she's yelling at the kids.
It makes me sad to think about all three of these situations. Sad for the children that they would be raised to think this is normal behavior. Sad for the parents that they would think this is acceptable behavior.
I know it's not my place to tell others how to raise their kids. Everyone has their own methods and I respect that. I only respect that, however, until it becomes an issue of child endangerment.
I really wish I'd written down all of their license plates and passed them on to the proper authorities, but I didn't.
The question is: Should I have done that? Thoughts?