Friday nights are our house have been Pizza Fridays for a few years now. When you find something your autistic son will eat with you..you stick with it. Tonight was to be no different. My husband would call when he was about to get off work, I would place our order and he would pick it up on his way home. 4:30 came and went. 5:30 passed. By 6:30 the kiddos were raiding the cabinet looking for snacks until the pizza got home. My husband called around 6:45 when he got back into cell service range to let me know he was still about 2 hours away from home.
So I called our pizza place and by this time in the evening on a Friday night we were looking at a 45 minute to hour wait on our order. By the time I ordered it and loaded up the kids and picked it up then drove back home it would be way passed our little loves bedtimes. What to do what to do. With it being pizza Friday I had not prepared anything to fix for dinner so take out it would be. After a few minutes the kids agreed on McDonald’s (not my first choice) but with them serving breakfast all day long each child would be able to eat something for dinner.
Now I know when people see my twelve passenger van in the drive thru the looks start coming my way. And I know dear rude lady when you pulled up behind me you must have thought Great day why did they not go in? It’s okay, most people think that. Many people see our van and assume its a church bus or a hotel shuttle bus, but rest assure it’s just our family van.
Now there was no need in you pulling up behind me and honking your horn for me to move out of your way. After all I was behind four other vehicles, I was not the one holding up the line. And when the young cashier asked me to pull up to the third window to wait on my son’s sausage biscuits there was no need in you pulling up right behind me and given me the finger. I was doing what they asked me to do. I could have stayed at window number two and made you wait even longer on your food. After you were handed your food and went to pull out you didn’t have to start blowing your horn again for me to move, for I was still patiently waiting on my four year olds food. As you maneuvered your car out of the drive thru line you did not have to roll down your window and start cussing me and saying things like “if you had so many orders you should have went inside. Get out of my damn way” I can assure you we had only one order and it was under twenty dollars.
As You glared at me as you pulled off while driving with one hand so you could use your other hand to “wave” at me with one finger, I could not help but get a little angry because my children were starting to ask why you were so mad at us.
When we finally got our order the cashier apologized for it taking so long and then she apologized for you. See she had heard the scene you had caused and felt the need to show me not all people are mean. She suggested that you must have been having a bad day for normal people don’t act that way.
As we drove back home we passed a couple setting but the road. What were they doing by the road you ask? Well they were waving and smiling at the cars passing by. They were spreading joy not hate. As I passed them, even though I was still angry with you, I caught myself waving back and smiling back at them. Their kindness won over your hatefulness.
I hope you saw them as you drove off. I hope their kind gestures caught your eye and made you think about the way you acted just moments before. I don’t know your story, maybe the cashier was right and you were having a bad day. Maybe you had received some bad news at work or you were fighting with your spouse, whatever made you act so ugly in front of my kids I hope your evening got better after seeing those two strangers shared a friendly smile with you. I know my evening was better after seeing them.
I could have come home still angry with you and your actions. I could have complained to my husband about it after he finally made it home. I could have been mad at him for working so late which led to me having to go out in the first place. I could have spent my evening angry but I didn’t. I didn’t allow you to steal my joy this evening. I chose to be happy like that couple standing alone side the road just waving and smiling at complete strangers.
In all things choose to be happy, choose to see the good not the bad, spread love like the couple that was standing by the road not hate like the lady behind me at McDonald’s. We need more love and less hate in this world.
From our beautiful chaos to yours I hope you have a fantastic weekend. Look for ways to make someone’s day just a little bit brighter, a smile can change a persons attitude towards a whole evening.