I have had these thoughts on my mind and wasn’t sure where to post them. Hope they’re helpful.
Wrong side of the road.
When I was a little bitty boy with my brand new school case and my banana sandwich I entered kiddygarten with other terrified children where we were nervously seated for the first lesson.
The teacher’s objective was our safety and her lesson was entitled “How to stay alive on the road”; “you little children don’t want to get run over by a huge red bus do you???” We were terrified at the thought and so paid close attention.
By the end of that first week we knew how to look to the right and look to the left and look to the right again. We could sing it, paint it, clap it, dance it and complete the exercise successfully on the school quadrangle and even at the road side just outside the school gate; all the essentials for an Australian child to survive on the road had been seared deep into our little psyches forever. We went home more confident that our life expectancy would extend to puberty but nervously kept a watchful eye on those big red double-decker child hungry school buses.
Later in life I arrived in the wonderful US of Apple being fully aware that the wonderful people in this country rode and drove on the right hand side of the road, not the left like we do in Australia. Now, driving a vehicle has been safely achieved here for some time now but my greatest danger lies at the curbside. Can you believe it, that little ditty, those clapping and dancing and terror driven exercises have been so imbedded that I still look to the right, then the left and then the right again and promptly step out in front of a bus. You see, I am culturally predisposed to be on the wrong side of the road as an American would be in Australia.
Tradition and culture are powerful things and we take certain rules and conventions for granted but if we’re not careful they could end up costing us in the long run. They could cost us real love, a wonderful family and the thrill o…
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