Anna (bcmom) wrote,


It's spring, and people are emerging from their houses and starting to take walks.  Once again I feel a need for a Public Service Announcement, "Pedestrians are supposed to walk on the left side of the street, facing traffic."  Yes, we live in a really small town.  There isn't much traffic.  Still, it bugs me.  Probably 80% of the people out walking are on the wrong side of the street.  I just want to go push them over to the other side.  I'm not sure why it bugs me so much - aside from they guy who would stop dead in his tracks and refuse to budge when I would meet him on the street.  Excuse me.  If you choose to walk on the wrong side of the street, and you meet someone who is walking on the proper side of the street, then it is your place to move over - not mine! 

Anyway, why do so many people walk on the wrong side?  It can't be random.  They must be choosing to walk there.  It's like when you have little kids, and they want to put their own shoes on.  Those shoes (at least on my kids) were on the wrong feet more than 50% of the time.  Was that random, or were they just trying to bug me?  Ok, I do realize that the kids and shoes thing really was random, though I do question why they couldn't have gotten it right more often than not, instead of the other way around.  There's always the possibility that the people who are walking on the wrong side of the street are doing it just to bug me, but that's probably not true.  Maybe no one ever cared enough about them to tell them which side of the street they were supposed to be walking on?

Because it's so obvious to me, I have a hard time telling them. After all, they should already know.  It kind of falls into the category of never use white spoons in red sauce and never wipe spilled coffee off the floor with a white towel.  Obvious.  Why should I have to explain it?
Tags: explanations, obviousness, rules, walking

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