Happy Monday Friends of the Blog! I hope that you had a great weekend. Today’s blog is a Two-for-one that I will try to keep short and sweet.

Over the weekend, I went to a birthday party and a brunch.  During both events, the hostess went to some effort to try to find a place that would accommodate the number of RSVPs that she received. ( RSVP which means “please reply.” The person sending the invitation wo­uld like you to tell him or her whether you accept or decline the invitation.) At both the birthday gathering and the brunch, people RSVP’d and didn’t show up or notify the host that they were not coming. I realize that some people may think, well… it’s just so and so… they won’t miss me, they will have other people there.  But, when they were considering a venue- they had YOU in mind. When they were considering the seating- they had YOU in mind. When they were considering the food- They had YOU in mind.  When you didn’t show up- They had YOU on their mind.  If you are not able to keep your RSVP, please do the host and everyone else a favor, say that you aren’t coming before the event starts so that we can enjoy our festivities without having YOU on our mind.  One day you may host something and you will want that same courtesy extended to you. A little bit of courtesy goes a long way.

My second thought for today is crossing the street. You may be thinking, Seriously, Angela… crossing the street! Isn’t that common sense?  I’m learning that common sense ain’t exactly common to all people.  Common sense is based on learning and experience.  I see more and more that some people were never taught how to properly cross the street.  I’m sure you’ve seen these people too.

I see a blind person walk to a bus stop on a very busy street almost every morning as I take my son to school.  I’m assuming that he does this successfully because someone taught him how.  I have yet to hear about a blind person getting hit by a car. It’s the sighted person who thinks that they can race oncoming traffic or the person who walks in dark colors when its dark outside, that unfortunately gets hit. These things aren’t smart!

I wanted to mention street walking safety because it’s the holiday season and at sometime, we will all likely be the driver as well as the pedestrian when doing our shopping or attending holiday festivities.  As a driver or a pedestrian, you have to pay attention to your surroundings and do not assume that it’s always safe to cross the street, even if you have the right of way. Take a moment and look both ways. Think about it this way, how many times have you been driving with a lot on your mind? How often do you have kids yelling in the background or maybe there is sun glare.  Any number of things could be going on. Then all of a sudden, there’s a person inches from the front of your car.  Many accidents happen in parking lots because people aren’t really paying attention.

Here’s an excerpt from a Parking lot safety link:

Be cautious and aware of your surroundings when walking in a parking lot.

  • Do not assume that drivers can see you when you can see them. In many cases, the pedestrian sees and hears a vehicle before a driver can see the pedestrian due to blind spots in vehicles.
  • Treat the parking lot like a street. Look both ways before crossing, use crosswalks, and always use sidewalks whenever possible.
  • Walk down the parking lots aisles and not in-between vehicles when walking to and from your vehicle.
  • Try to avoid areas where it would be hard for a driver to see you , for instance in loading dock areas. Try to walk in groups when in a parking lot, it makes it easier for driver to see.
  • In bad weather like snow, wear proper footwear to provide adequate traction to avoid slipping and falling.

My friend Valerie’s mom has a poem that she would recite when they were growing up about the Right of Way. Please keep it in mind as you shop and cross the street.  Just waiting a few seconds could literally save your life.  Have a happy and safe shopping season!

Here lies the body of Julian Gray
Who died while taking the right away
She was right, dead right
As she walked along
But she’s just as dead
As if she’d been wrong.


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