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Lady In The Yellow Tennis Cap
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Lady In the Yellow Tennis Cap

Caught red-handed and not a concern in the world.

It was a remarkably beautiful car. A Jaguar XKR convertible, silverish gray and most likely a 2010 or 2011 model year car. The top was down and an older lady with her yellow tennis cap slid into the parking spot next to me at the gas station. The music flowing from her car was either classical or new age environmental; it was hard to tell with the idling 1987 Ford F-150 pickup next to her.

The sleek lines of the Jaguar contrasted with the lady in the yellow tennis cap. I know it must sound cruel to label her this way, but she was committing a judgemental offense. The shear beauty of this car, the trim of its wheels and Jaguar insignia held my breath. This car is an engineering marvel that was being used in a foul way. The lady in the yellow tennis cap did not seem to care one bit.

Our eyes met and we both knew what she had done.

As I have grown older and more mature, my appreciation for those things we create as men and women amazes me. It is not that I covet those things for they are merely material in nature. It is the creativeness and inspiration that goes into taking an idea and turning it into something functional, beautiful and amazing.

I have also marveled at human nature and how we can create such wondrous things yet be very self centered. This is not a broad stroke of judgement because there are a lot of very good people out there. But there are also quite a few "me-first, me-only" people out there. I am amazed at how they conduct themselves. The lady in the yellow tennis cap certainly appeared to be just such a person.

The look she gave me.

I was taken aback by the actions of this lady in the yellow tennis cap. She shot a steely glare at me in such a way as to say how dare I look at her this way. She was a privileged one and her actions should not be questioned by me or anyone else. The label that I was designing for her was growing with each moment.

She moved on away from her car and entered the store only to leave me wondering. Was she truly justified in what she had done? Was I missing some glaring fact of what had just happened? Was I the poorer of the two for creating an ugly label for the lady in the yellow tennis cap? Where was my mirror? Quickly I took a look to ensure this was me making judgements.

Pulling away, I glanced back one more time.

All sorts of things raced through my mind. Would a law enforcement official suddenly pull up and right this wrong? I looked over her car again, making sure I had not missed a tell-tale sign to correct a possible mis-judgement. There were no signs to correct my thoughts, no reason to believe it was anything but a self-centered act by the lady in the yellow tennis cap.

Should I have been surprised? Probably not because people such as this exist in the world. This isn't even meant to be a class defining discussion of Ford F-150 pickups and Jaguar XKR convertibles. Anyone, regardless of wealth, age, gender or any other classification can be self-centered. People can just be ugly in that manner, thinking only of themselves. It just happened to be a lady in the yellow tennis cap this time.

It was really just a minor offense, no victims I suppose.

When we do self-centered things in life, we tend to justify the small things as victim-less. What harm came of the action? If we are willing to break these small rules in public, what are we doing in private, hidden from the light? All of the little things add up and eventually reveal a bigger picture. The lady in the yellow tennis cap could be one such person. Her actions suggested that it would not have bothered her.

The actions alone are ugly and shed a negative light upon the greater good of mankind. A bit dramatic you might say, but it all adds up. One small offense begets another and another. All the lady in the yellow tennis cap had to do was park two spots further down. No, she had a need to park directly in front of the door. The large blue handicap parking sign and painted concrete meant nothing.


Street Talk

Joseph I could say many wonderful things about your article. Your flow of story, your attention grabbing leading of the reader, the curiosity you evoked.... but the best part... the awareness and emotion your punch line evoked. Having a friend with extremely limited mobility I understand the horrendous thing this woman has done to an individual in need. You had your reader there the moment you met her eye. I understand your indignation! Keep the writing coming. You are one of the best here on SA.

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  about 9 years ago
Jim Primm  

Nice writing Joe, you had me going thnking that she was just better than anyone else. I can't just drive away anymore although I understand why most people do. Maybe it's my line of work or my compassion for those that really need that parking spot. I try not to personally confront them but if possible I will contact the proper authority and at the very least the property owner. Owners must realize that a person needing that spot may have gone elsewhere that had one available.

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  about 9 years ago

Irritates me to say the least and it becomes hard to have grace for people like that.

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  about 9 years ago

Good article Joseph Primm, you had me picturing some rich women in a good good car dressed in a mini with fat legs, then the punch. Bang, she's one of those. The unthoughtful, uncaring, I'm above all others of the world. How I wish you could do something that would make them feel bad. To change the subject, a well written article like this, that has a good grab at the beginning, a meaty body to the story, ending with a great pudding or punch line, makes me envious of your abilities. Great write, very very good love the style. Face Booked this as a good example for those that care, and for those on how to write a good article.

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  about 9 years ago

Thank you...I feel like a hack many times compared to other writers. Every once in a while I feel that I get it right and the kind words are appreciated.

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  about 9 years ago

Your articles are great, well written and a good example to us all, don't sell yourself short, you have the knack.

  
  about 9 years ago

Great article. People like that make me sick. I wish we could put them in our shoes for a month and see how they like it.

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  about 9 years ago
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