Zebra Crossing

" Hurry up guys..hop on...we are kinda late!", I blurted out as I got my car to the podium where two eager souls and a calm heart was waiting for me. We were to go for a movie and were running late.  It was a date with much awaited movie show for three generations..me, my mom and my kids. "Some one's mom is gonna fly us to the theater", said my mom. And before everyone was comfortable in their seats, I drove off! Not only the movie, but the trailer of the upcoming releases, ahead of the show, was something I really loved to watch, always! So did not wish to miss them. 

Murphy's* law (if something has to go wrong, it will!) was very much interested in proving itself right that day. And I feel, rather strongly feel that when we are running out of time, it does turn out as the naughty goblin...And it did! We were stuck in the traffic, courtesy the marriage procession and then some un-supportive traffic signals. The movie theater was just few blocks away from where we had started. But...here I was, stuck at the last traffic signal, with few minutes to go for the show to start off...I could see the movie theater and was hopeful that we would make it in time! Alas...the amber had to turn red at this very second, why- o- why..I wondered.

My thoughts were talking loudly with me. But then I sensed some commotion outside. From the rear view mirror, I saw a gentleman frantically waving and gesturing. Suddenly I could hear the loud honking. Again I checked in the mirror and realized that gentleman was asking me to go ahead. I was clueless. The red signal was red enough yet! I was just behind the zebra crossing. Few pedestrians were half way through the road crossing. 

"Tuck Tuck"...there was a knock on my side of the window. As I lowered the pane, I saw the same boor, standing right next to me and arguing to take the car ahead. How fast this man had jumped out of his car, I wondered, as if in jiffy...I was really impressed!!!! His noble point of view was that I should have taken my car ahead of the zebra crossing, and should have saved some time. I could see from his expressions that he actually meant to call me a lousy lady driver! Veraciously, I replied, "Do you think, I am going to build my house here at the junction? Or build some garage for my car here? Red does seem to be red yet....whats your opinion?" The gentleman got the message and murmuring some not so good words, he went back.

To make the situation lighter, my daughter said, "Mom, do you know one thing? All zebras have white and black stripes. But like our finger prints, they also have different patterns! Imagine if our roads also had different patterns of the zebra stripes..." I was amazed at this thought! 

That very moment, my mother, who was sitting next to me, pointed at the mother and daughter duo who were crossing the road. The daughter, a kindergartner, was happy to hop and jump on alternate white strip and was singing some rhyme. For her, the entire world had frozen and she was happy playing on the keys of the piano to make the most melodious song! She was the performer and she was her own audience... a pure bliss! And mother wore a terribly frustrated look! What a contrast I thought! But that's what the life is all about!

So which side of the zebra crossing are you on?

----------By MocktailMommy Anagha

Comments

  1. Is it Sunday in your time zone already??? Congratulations on making it to Z!
    Love the pictures of the actual zebra crossing the road.
    Being stuck in traffic brings out the impatient bitch in me.
    Did you make it in time for the movie? What were you watching?

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  2. Good morning Tamara! Yes the day has just turned to Sunday! Thanks for the wishes dear!
    Yes, we did reach in time... but I missed my beloved part...trailers!!!
    Thanks for visiting! Wish to keep in touch in future as well!

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  3. Lovely reflection on how we champ at the bit to be somewhere and destiny steps in to slow us down. Great writing and a good way to start my final day of A-Z blog reading. Thank you :) Linda
    A-Z Theme: Values
    Letter Z: Z - It's a Mirage

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    1. Yeh, you are right Linda! Thanks for visiting us.

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  4. Ah yes we have reached the Zebra Crossing of the A to Z where we stop and ponder the road ahead and look back upon our efforts travelling from the letter A. Of course now is the hard part as we head off onto the open road with no map and only a vague idea of what lies ahead.

    Many thanks for visiting my little blog

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    1. Bulls eye! You framed the feeling so well...echoed our sentiments!!!
      Thanks for visiting us too!

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  5. Congratulations on making it to the finish line Anagha!
    I loved your perspective on the Zebra crossing - and yes its painful to hear the honks when I stop or slow down to let someone cross the raod - for most men its the thought She is a woman driver, thats why - very annoying!! I want to smack these buggers but let my good sense prevail!!!


    Theme: Peregrination Chronicles (travel)
    Z is for Zen in the Glen #atozchallenge

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    1. The joy of finishing the challenge with fellow bloggers like you was a great pleasure!
      Thank you for your views and encouraging words!

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  6. That was interesting read!Loved your daughter's way to make the situation light.
    When I first learned about zebra crossing I was amazed that grown ups didn't follow the rules, at least in Delhi. I remember asking my Dad why some people are crossing the line ... I don't remember his response, tho.
    I am, hands down, with you on this! A vigilant driver is better for everyone.
    Congrats on finishing the challenge! I loved reading your posts. Thanks for sharing :)
    Zodiacs
    Best wishes!

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    1. Thanks Karnika.
      You know, many a times, I also wonder why cant motorists stop before the zebra crossing? Why such a great hurry?
      Thank you for visiting our blog and complementing us!

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  7. Congratulations on getting all the way to Z!! Yaaay! Loved this piece, the contrast between children and adults is so true - they live in the moment effortlessly (for better and for worse lol) while we hurry from one moment to the next. Thank you for the reminder!

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    1. Happy that you liked the post Andi.
      And congratulations to you too...for completing the challenge!

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  8. Congratulations on finishing the A to Z Challenge and thanks for visiting/commenting on my blog! This is a nice ending -- a reminder to take it slow the rest of the blogging year as we continue to produce quality content :-)

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    1. Congratulations to you too! It was pleasure to have you with us on our blog as an ardent reader!

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  9. I often wonder how much a zebra would cost if you scanned it in a supermarket! A perfect way to end you A-Z journey - just pull over to the side of the road.

    It's farewell to Amble Bay!

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    1. Hahaha...this thought never occured to me...zebra being scanned at the supermarket..suppa idea!!!
      Thank you so much for visiting our blog and for your kind words!

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  10. Congratulations in finishing the AtoZChallenge.
    Isn't life wonderful when we adopt the attitude of the little girl at the zebra crossing? We should enjoy the moment instead of giving in to frustration.
    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Yes Cheryl...the kids do have the best attitude towards life! Thanks for sharing your views on the article and for dropping by!

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  11. such a wonderfully relevant post! Congratulations on finishing the Challenge. I have enjoyed being a part of your journey.
    Best wishes always,
    Moon
    https://aslifehappens60.wordpress.com

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    1. Thank you for your wishes and encourgement.
      Your company, in this journey, truly made the difference! Lets keep in touch!

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  12. I'd like to be the little girl, but I'm definitely not there these days. I always seem to be in a rush to get to the next thing and then the next.

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    1. Thanks Tamara for visiting and sharing your views.

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  13. Congratualtions Anagha and your team for doing a great job on the challenge. I've enjoyed reading many of your posts. Will come back in leisure for more!

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    1. Thank you so much Radhika for your support! Yeh, definitely will keep in touch in future!

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  14. Such a lovely story. Thank you for regularly dropping by my blog. Congrats on finishing the A to Z Challenge. Every post was wonderful

    A to Z Reflections: Looking Back In Time

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  15. I think that I'm guilty of rushing around frantically...well, the end of the challenge means we can slow down a bit, right?
    Maybe reflect...where to from here?

    Congrats on crossing the A to Z finishing line!
    Writer In Transit

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    1. Agree with your thought process. From where to here...we are yetbto figure out.

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  16. Charming story. Loved that image of the little girl playing the piano on the B/W 'keys' of the crossing.

    Many congrats on finishing the challenge and in great style.

    Best wishes,
    Nilanjana

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    1. Thaanks Nilanjana for dropping by and for praises!

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  17. That's a good one. I wonder why people lose all their patience on the road.

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    1. Road rage is common phenomenon now days...unfortunately!!! Why??? I believe people are loosing patience day by day. Its sad but true.

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  18. Oh I hate people like this man. They need a lesson in patience. I love the contrast of that little girl skipping along and I'm glad you didn't hurry up and take away that moment.

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    1. Yes, Tulika...had it not been my mother, I would have missed it! Thanks for visiting us!

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  19. Very spot on post, great reflection on what really matters!

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    1. Thanks Viktor for visiting and sharing your views with us!

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