On my way to knit night
Thursday June 23rd 2011, 11:31 pm
Filed under: Life

I turned left onto the main road near the pedestrian underpass to the commuter train station. The road there has five car lanes, two bike lanes, and an island in the middle.

With all that walking to do and that underpass to get to, it’s one of the intersections that has a countdown for those on foot along with the white hand on the WALK sign, going to a flashing red hand the last ten seconds, then the usual solid red DON’T WALK. If you’re a driver looking sideways at it, at least you know how long the wait is going to be–and it’ll be a lot longer than if  a car tripped the signal.

They looked twenty-something. The guy looked like he’d finally gotten the cute girl to talk to him, and she was pleased too; they sauntered, their attention on each other.

And they had not pushed that button. Their light was green, the hand stayed red, and I kept a careful eye on them as well as my own red light above their crosswalk.

Another driver came down the ramp to the right, that fifth lane, and stopped; he, too, was watching those kids.

Who suddenly noticed that the light had totally turned and we were stopped for them at our green. They glanced to their right–and ran!

Because, and I didn’t see it till too late to react (or…), a red car was barreling down that middle lane at full speed, the limit there at 45. The young man stumbled, trying to protect her, I think the girl stumbled too then, and I fully expected to see their bodies careening into the air. My immediate instinct, and apparently the other stopped driver’s too, was not to honk for fear it would distract the kids for even a nanosecond.

They made it just in front of the nose of the other stopped car. The red car never did slow down. I don’t know if that driver ever even knew.

We have to look out for each other in this life. We *have* to be willing to see to the extent we humanly can.  Why others are reacting the way they are, what it might mean, how we can do something that makes their world a little better and therein our own. Thank you dear God for looking out for every single one of us there, and most especially that couple, in that moment tonight.

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Comment by Lynn 06.23.11 @ 11:36 pm


No coincidences, but gee, it doesn’t sound as though those young people needed their pulses quickened.

Comment by Channon 06.24.11 @ 7:24 am

WHEW! You had me scared there for a moment. I’ve heard that love is blind, but WATCH OUT FOR THE TRAFFIC!

Both the couple and that speeding driver should have known better. Brrr.

Comment by Don Meyer 06.24.11 @ 9:17 am

I quite agree — and I think a lot of what is wrong in our politics is that a lot of folks have forgotten that

“no man is an island…”

Comment by bev 06.24.11 @ 9:38 am

My heart was in my throat! Wow!

Comment by afton 06.24.11 @ 10:10 am

And if they were in a budding relationship, what a firm bonding moment that was.

Comment by Diana Troldahl 06.24.11 @ 11:06 am

I was afraid to finish reading but so glad it was not a tragic ending!

Comment by Jody 06.24.11 @ 12:01 pm

that gave me chills. So glad it turned out well.

Comment by Lene 06.24.11 @ 5:16 pm

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