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Fear at Christmas
Published on Friday, December 24, 2010 by

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I must say, it has been a joy preparing for Christmas.  The holiday spirit seems especially prevalent on the roads, don’t you think?  I’m not sure about your area, but in ours the aggressive drivers are out in numbers.  And two days ago I felt real fear thanks to one of these very people.

I was taking a tightly curved exit that was filled with holiday shoppers.  It was 5:00 and dark, making things even worse.  A young man was behind me and on my tail, willing me to somehow fly over the cars so he could get through quicker.  He revved his engine and pushed down on my bumper without quite touching it.

How he thought pushing down on a family minivan stuck in traffic would help is beyond me.  I tapped my brakes three times, trying to give him a little hint that, “Gee, maybe trying to cause an accident in the middle of traffic is not such a good idea.”  I suppose that is where I made my mistake.

Looking in my rear view mirror, I was happy to see he backed off.  But only in order to begin a series of hand gestures that I didn’t even understand!  I chose not to look anymore, knowing it would only cause me undo stress.  But with every glance I took I could still see his hands flying up in the air, his eyes glaring directly at my rear view mirror.

The way this exit was positioned, I would have to attempt a cross over four lanes of traffic to get to the left turn I needed.  Instead, I had to go straight, turn right, find a place to turn around in to get myself on the correct road.

I was not happy to see him still on my tail as I neared my right turn.  And as I made that turn he followed just as closely.  Nervously, I noticed he stayed behind me in my lane rather than move to the right lane to get away from me.

As I neared a hotel parking lot I could turn around in I began to feel uneasy.  This guy was not going away.  It was dark, I was alone and he was following me.  I made my turn in to a parking lot and to my horror he made the very same turn.

It was here that I felt real fear.  I picked up my phone “just in case.”  My heart began to race as my eyes continued to dart to my rear view mirror.  He seemed to disappear, making me worried he would block me on my way back to the main road.

Fortunately, this was not the case and he finally drove away.  With great relief, I continued on my way.  But I have to tell you – I have not felt real fear in a long time.  It is a horrible feeling, particularly if you are a woman.  This aggressive male driver was purposely trying to scare me – a woman alone in a minivan.  A few days before Christmas.  And it worked.

Right now I have a sick child at Christmas time.  Tonight we were supposed to go to Christmas Mass.  She was going to sing in the children’s choir while we celebrate the birth of Jesus.   Then off to Grandma’s for Christmas Eve dinner, and back to our house to prepare for Santa.

However, from the hacking going on next to me I know I won’t have the pleasure of tearing up in church as I watch the children sing on the altar.  Dinner might or might not happen and the nebulizer will be the center of today’s events.  But I am home with my children, dog at my side and I’m safe and sound.

I can celebrate Christmas anywhere that my children and mother are.  It may not be the perfect Christmas we hoped for, but we will be together – off the roads – and that is what matters the most.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND GOD BLESS YOU ALL.  And to my Jewish friends, Happy late Hanukah!   Be safe and enjoy your family, because that is what makes life worth living.

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  • We have the very rudest drivers where I live. You don’t even make eye contact with them. If you follow me around like that guy followed you you had better hope there won’t be any contact. I’ll shoot his ass. Just saying. I know that fear though.

    I hope your little one feels better soon. You are right about family being the very most important.

    Have a very Merry Christmas. 🙂

  • Merry Christmas!

    I am glad you got away from the idiot driver (there really IS no other word for it) all safe and sound.

    Here’s hoping the holidays are filled with joy and happiness, your little one shakes her cold and you have a much less stress filled couple of days.


  • A very Happy Holidays to all our friends at Shoot Me Now from all your friends at MOB 🙂 I hope you got all your shopping done Kath. You have been such a great friend to me and hope you get everything you want and/or wish for. xo A Happy New Years too

  • Oh Honey, at the first tinge of worry, get on the cell phone and call the police. Then drive directly to a police station. When you feel like something is “wrong”, go into the mode that protects you the most. I’m so sorry this happened to you. But when we feel threatened, go into protective mode immediately. We have intuitions for a reason.

    I’m sorry your baby is sick. I’ve been battling a nasty virus along with a sinus infection for the last week. It has really tempered our Christmas plans. Never mind. Just being home with my little family, canine and feline, and the husband is fine for this year.

    I hope you, your mom, and the kids manage to have a nice Christmas. My best to all of you. Warm wishes for a joyous holiday, even if it’s not the one you expected to have!

  • Oh dear! I would have been TERRIFIED if some crazy driver was all up on my like that! Especially alone and in the dark. YIKES. That is REALLY scary.

    Im sorry your child isn’t feeling well. Wishing them a speedy recovery! And wishing you a very Merry Christmas.

  • Glad you ended up home safe and sound. Merry xmas weekend to you and happy holidays!

  • If you dont like this type of driving you should stay well clear of the Autobahn in Germany. Absolute maniacs!!! Happy new year to everyone!

  • I had some moron follow me one time. Instead of driving home I stopped at Starbucks, he pulled up yelling at me as I was walking in and I was so scared he’d come in shooting, he was acting so crazy – luckily nothing happened and I’m glad you’re ok too. One of the reasons I’ve become such a hermit –

  • Happy Happy New Year my buddy Kath. I hope 2011 kicks some serious ass for you and your family 🙂

  • Oh my God. What a horrible experience. I hope the rest of your Christmas was brighter, my friend, and may the New Year bring you an abundance of health, love and prosperity.

  • What a jerk! I hope he got coal in his stocking. I hope everyone is feeling well by now and I hope you had a nice Christmas. Happy New Year!

  • the problem is the anonymity, most drivers wouldnt behave that way on the train where they are face to face with you! cowards

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