Friday, May 21, 2010

My Knight in the Shining SUV!

Merry Meet and Happy Morning Family and Friends!

"I'm late, I'm late.....I'm late, I'm late, I'm late!"

Ok, so yesterday I had one of those mornings that, no matter how much good intention went into the planning of my day, the Universe had better things in mind!

Technically, I'm supposed to be at my desk at 9 a.m., so at five minutes before, when I still hadn't dressed, I had to face the reality of the situation...I was going to be shamefully and tragically late!

The day held all the promise of being a spectacular one. Bright sun, warm breezes. I found myself envisioning sitting on my deck with a good book, blissfully communing with the Elements! The thought of being confined to my desk all day was truly blasphemous!

I begrudgingly made my way through my morning ritual, pausing occasionally to listen to the birds singing outside my window...my best intentions thwarted by singing birdies! They are such a terrible influence on me, you know!

Since there was nothing I could do change my obvious state of tardiness, I did the next best thing. I called my office, told them I wouldn't be in for the next half hour and proceeded to walk the mile and a half to work! I was already late, after all!!

As I popped on my IPod and headed out the door, it occurred to me that being "time challenged" may not be such a bad thing. I set out thinking that I would enjoy every moment of my glorious walk in the sun!

A few minutes into my journey, I noticed a woman coming towards me on the same side of the street. I recognized her as a neighbor who visited us often when her children need to sell cookies or gift wrap for the school or church. She usually waves a cheerful greeting as she passes by on her morning walk.

As she approached, I took off my headphones, thinking that I would wish her a "Good Morning". Apparently this was not to be the case. She glanced in my direction, put her head down as if we were strangers and kept walking. Perhaps she didn't recognize me?", I thought. This seemed highly unlikely since we've spoken often enough. It indeed seemed very odd! Could it be that she'd heard "rumors" around the Village about my being, :::gasp::: a Witch! Those Witches! You never know where they'll turn up! I guess I'll have to watch for a future decrease in cookie sales!

As I came up upon one of our busier intersections, I watched as the cars whizzed by without even thinking of stopping. We have a State law here in New Jersey that a driver must stop for a pedestrian in the crosswalk. It seemed unlikely that this would occur before the end of time and my mind wandered back to the encounter with my "neighbor". "So perplexing!", I thought.

It was then I noticed that a handsome man in a silver Lexus SUV had stopped to allow me cross. Unfortunately, the driver's coming from the opposite direction had no intention of doing the same. I watched as they sped by, chatting on their cell phones, completely dismissing the fact that the other driver had stopped for me. I was suddenly startled by the blaring of the SUV's horn! As I turned in the direction of the sound, I realized that the gentleman, my Knight in Shining SUV, was giving the other inconsiderate drivers a none too subtle warning! He had turned the front of his own car into the oncoming lane of traffic, forcing them to stop and allow me to cross!

One of the reasons that I'd been so late on this particular morning was that I'd spent extra time performing my devotional to Hekate. I asked that she reveal to me those mysteries which would provide me with greater wisdom and understanding.

This morning the mysteries of the light and dark side of human nature were revealed. A neighbor became a stranger...a stranger, a Prince!

In Darkness, Light!



Tracy

9 comments:

ARIE said...

I have learned not to worry or take personally other people's moods, with the exception of close friends and family. To do this would engage my mind in useless negative emotions that would loop and waste energy.
I think "detachment" would fit this state of being.
Also it is important to know that people are not "one". They have many I's which change every moment.
So don't worry! Be happy!
Tomorrow this lady may greet you happily. Who knows? Or she may never, ever talk to you. So what?
Funny, I'm always late to work. :-)
But then I have to stay later also. :-(.
Blessings
Arie

Tracy ~ The UnOfficial Witch of Ridgewood said...

Hi Arie,

I sensed that there might be something distracting her so I tried not to take it to heart.

The gentleman who stopped for me however, truly showed me how profound a small act of kindness can be.

Maggi said...

and Tracy, you didn't mention, that this mystery was revealed to you in the middle of a crossroads. How apropo!

Tracy ~ The UnOfficial Witch of Ridgewood said...

Hi Maggi,

It absolutely was! And interestingly, in trying to find the quickest route to work, I had taken a completely different one to get where I was going. It was definitely worth being late for!

Carol said...

well, I am certainly glad you were being watched over by Hecate. What a nice thing for that guy to do!

As for the lady that always says "hello" and didn't could be what you think.

Funny, I switched gyms this past week and joined LA Fitness in Clifton (beautiful new gym) and as I was approaching the desk to show my ID all the girls at the desk looked straight at my pentagram and then each other and gave me a funny look and I could hear them talking as I walked into the weight room!!!! I said to myself f... them! that is who I am!!!!!!!

Tracy ~ The UnOfficial Witch of Ridgewood said...

Carol,

You know how it is. We've come very far in terms of acceptance, but there are those still lagging behind in their quest to overcome ignorance!

greekwitch said...

She might have just been in a bad mood. But if she had a problem, i hope she won't discuss it with you! For her own shake!!!!!

greekwitch said...

Perfect exmple the one about the adoption. It was n't just about a very important reason, but also about a child's well being and overcoming some stupid rules. This is definitely a reason to hide the truth!

SeeThroughGreen said...

I can only laugh at people like your neighbour... It only takes seven muscles to smile... It dosnt hurt to use them even if you are in a bad mood. I alsays do!

Its so cool about the guy in the SUV too! who knows! maybe youll run into him again!