“Please, go!”

I don’t know why this bothers me. Okay, yes I do, but it probably shouldn’t. Anyway, when I take my kids for a walk and we stop to cross the street, drivers are always waving to allow us to cross in front of their cars. I know they are being nice—which is odd because, in Illinois, the drivers are decidedly not nice—but it drives me crazy! The last thing I want to teach my kids when they are learning to use the sidewalks is that they can go in front of cars! And, honestly, on the occasions when I do take drivers up on it, it is inevitably the time that Charlie’s shoe falls off or Avery gets stuck on the hill so we take forever to get to the other side.

Yesterday, we were going to the park and we came upon this very situation. I impatiently said, while waving back, “Please, go!” Avery started to cross the street on her bike and the car started to move at the same time. I yelled out and she stopped immediately, thankfully. When I gave permission and we crossed, she asked, “Why you say ‘go’ “? Ah! I hadn’t even thought for a second that Avery would think I was talking to her. Anyway, lesson learned. Although I will continue to wave cars on instead of crossing in front of them, I know now to keep my mouth shut and maybe use a little patience when doing so.

“A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense.” Proverbs 19:11


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