'Tis the season to be jolly, right? Wait, not so fast. Something is off this season and I feel positively churlish, cranky, even curmudgeonly. And it seems quite a few other people feel the same way. Is it stress, the crowds, the pre-season sales, the endless traffic? The need to put on a happy face?
Maybe it's a combination of all those things. Today was the worst. Two people cut me off on the highway; one person went sailing through a stop sign and nearly flattened me on my daily walk.
Worse, during a quick trip to pick up coffee at Mickey D's, I saw a father and son leaving the parking lot, throwing their trash out their car window. Yes, out the window! I was so annoyed I pulled into a space and picked up the trash myself. They spotted me and yelled, "Hey, girlie, they have people to do that!"
"Yeah, well, I don't see any."
"What a moron!" the father replied and father and son broke into raucous laughter. A horrible braying laugh and with their overlarge teeth, they bore a striking resemblance to Mr. Ed, the talking horse. At least that image brought a smile to my face.
Maybe it's just me or maybe it's the rest of the country, but something feels off. I promise I'll be back and in a more cheery frame of mind on Monday!
By Mary Kennedy