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Traffic lights, Trains and MPosted Friday, January 7, 2011, at 12:10 PM
I know I'm not the only one who has issues with stop lights
and trains. If you live in Dexter you know what I mean when
I say the "train" word. For the most part I have learned to
cope with these 'slow-me-down' type situations. But occasionally,
I can get 'sorta out of sorts'.
I suppose the worst part of being stopped by a train is when the
train is stopped. If you're on one side of the tracks and need to
get to the other side, you don't know how long you must sit there
and wait. Many years ago I taught myself to take that time to
reflect on something positive or maybe have my bible or other
book with me to read for a few minutes. Most of the
time I try to take those minutes to relax my mind. God knows
I need that. There is absolutely nothing I can do about it so
why not make the most of it?
Stop lights are another story. The time we spend at traffic lights
vary. Most are programmed for different time frames. I have timed
them all over the country and it's funny, but I have never sat at a
light more than three minutes. Most of the time it is less. They
have ranged from twenty-eight seconds to three minutes, but it
always seems so much longer. There are times when one may
be on the blink and I have to sit through two or three (or four)
changes. Howver, more often than not most are two minutes or
less. Now watch. I know some of you are going to start checking
the time and you will have different results from mine.
There is one light locally that I have a fear of. It is the one at
highway 25 and Stoddard street. Years ago it was a four way stop.
Since I lived out of town for many years, my mind is still stuck in the
four-way mode. Funny how our minds can get stuck in certain modes.
The worst part for me are the drivers who are more impatient than I am.
If you don't move the very second the light changes, they are honking
their horns at you.
One of the funniest incidents I have seen was in Birmingham, Alabama.
I was in the second lane of a four lane street. In the lane next to me
were two young ladies (?) As soon as the light changed, the driver started
honking the horn incessently and the two were making all sorts of gestures
towards the driver in front of them. But....low and behold, as soon as the
driver moved, the young lady's (?) car stopped running! There they sat
with drivers behind them honking at them! This is where I absolutely must
insert LOL. (laughing out loud)
What lessons can we learn from these time consuming situations? Remember,
the world says "what goes around comes around." Our bible says , "For
whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." Don't you think the two
girls reaped what they sowed? They sure were ducking their heads.
So, let's work at being more patient, more kind, more helpful and sow good
seeds so that we can reap good rewards. We might even have an opportunity
while we are waiting to help someone such as the driver in front of the girls
by getting them help if they need it.
See ya next time somewhere in the Korner.
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Kathleen is a resident of Dexter. She was born in Indiana, but her parents moved their family back to the Dexter area when she was three. Other than three years she and her husband, Collin, lived in St. Charles, Mo. and ten years in Birmingham, Alabama, she has spent her life in Dexter. As you can tell, Kathleen is a people person and believes in giving credit to whom credit is due. Thus, the reason for her hero/heroine column every other week in Kathleen's Korner. As you can tell, she also like to have fun, most of the time at her own expense. Kathleen (Grubbs) is a 1964 graduate of Dexter High School and invites her friends to her "Korner."