Who do YOU think YOU are?
I know...I know...it's not polite to point but it seemed fitting considering how this question was recently posed to me, albeit not one of the greatest moments of my life but still the question was asked and it got me to thinking...I think it only fair since I have probably piqued your interest to tell you what happened. It would also help me a great deal if I received comments because I am not really sure if in fact there was wrong doing....
Parking etiquette can be tricky.
The other day I was happily going about my business. I was in a good mood and about to do grocery shopping. I pulled into the parking lot of Super Target and was looking for a parking place. I like to get close to the entrance because of all the groceries and because...well...I like to get close to the entrance, I am not going to lie. It's like this weird thing with me and I know "it's good exercise to walk" but that's just my thing. Call me a freak but when a good parking spot is scored I get excited!!! So there I am driving slow and scouting out the spots and I see THE ONE...right in front....I thought "Oh my gosh...I am so lucky, this couldn't be BETTER". There was no one waiting. It was MINE so I pull in....BUT, remember when I said it couldn't get any better?... IT DID!!!!! The person in front of the space I was pulling into was pulling out and there was no one (I mean this with all my heart...I didn't see anyone) waiting for that spot so I thought WOW, now after I get the groceries I can just pull out instead of trying to back up my SUV in Target traffic when there is ALWAYS pedestrians sneaking by and I am so afraid I am going to not see them one day.
Anyway...YIPPY a better parking spot!!!! I start to pull up as the car in front was pulling out and then out of no where, to my right which I could see this entire time (so if this lady was waiting I would never had pulled up)came this car and a lady in it looking at me like I was actually going to either take both places commiting a Cardinal sin, or I don't know what she was thinking but it was baffling. She started shaking her head like you can't do that and mouthed to me "Back Up" so not wanting any trouble and full aware there was a empty space behind me which was the spot I was initially going for....I "Backed Up". She was mouthing something and throwing her hands in the air and I was simply just backing the car up. I wasn't going to get out and say anything because first, we both had a place and I didn't want to get into it because it was pointless and second, you never know if people have weapons in their cars these days. I did not want to lose my foot or worse over a parking spot.
I got out of the car. I don't think she really wanted to confront me either because she waited and had a sip of her drink before getting out. I was in Target getting my basket and I heard a big huff as she walked. I blew it off, hoping to never see her again and I began my shopping.
I finished the shopping without anymore drama and loaded up the car with groceries. I did notice that she was gone and I hate to say it but I was relieved because if she would have approached me I would not have backed down. In my mind there was no reason why if no one else was waiting for that spot that I couldn't pull up to that space. My feeling was, why couldn't that lady use the spot I was pulling up from? It was about to be empty when I pulled up. I don't know...maybe I am crazy and I am wrong. I could actually because while I was driving home I noticed there was a note on my windshield. OMG!!!! It's the lady. The whole ride home I was wondering WHAT and HOW she was going to give it to me this time. Got home...opened the note and it said...."Who do you think you are? People like you have entitlement issues. The world would be a better place without people like you and you better check yourself!!!!" WOW! She was really MAD. I read it to my husband and I told him what happened and I asked him if I had "entitlement issues". He was like Blaire I wasn't there but I know you and you would have never taken the spot if someone else had dibs on it and he said NO you do not have "Entitlement Issues" although now it is a running joke when I ask him to do something for me.
All that said...the note and experience really effected me. Hence, making it the topic of my blog this month. The question "Who do you think you are?" was one that deserved to be the title this month.We have all been asked this question at some point in our lives or we have asked someone this question. It is a New Year 2010 and I'd like to think I am a really good person yet I know I have a long way to go to be the person I want to be. I do not make New Years Resolutions and I never have...never really got into that stuff but I do set goals for myself personally, professionally and spiritually and I plan on raising the bar a little higher this year. We will never meet everyone Else's expectations in life. I obviously have a long way to go to change the Target Lady's opinion of me...and I know not everyone is going to like everyone....But...man if EVERYONE doesn't LOVE my husband...UGH! It is so exasperating!
Oh...one last thing, park a little further away from the entrance of the store next time:))))...OR ELSE!...HAHAHAHAHAHA.....and YES...That is my precious little girl in the photo!