A Letter to the Person I Flipped Off
Posted August 3, 2015 by Prairie Wife - 4 comments
Dear person driving the white pickup truck with county 1 Wyoming plates,
You and I met at approximately 9 am heading North on I-25 last week Sunday. As you passed me you may or may not have seen me flip you off. Firstly I need to apologize. I have NEVER in my life flipped someone off…at least not out of anger. I do it all the time to be funny but, I assure you that this time it was prompted by pure rage. I know that I should not have acted in such a way and I am sorry.
But, let me give you a little picture of what led to my loss of control…
On Valentine’s day of this year I had my fifth baby. She is a doll and I love her to bits. In the last month she went from being a baby that sleeps all night (I’ve never had one of those before so it was pretty nice) to being a regular Cowbaby and waking up between one and four times a night. She also has a strong disregard for a regular nap time. Basically what I’m trying to say is, this mama is running on empty!
Add to that the fact that my family of 7 just spent five days in Cheyenne attending the “Daddy of them All” Cheyenne Frontier Days. While this is always a great time, it meant that The Cowboy and I were out until 1:30 in the morning four times (we were taking his customers out and about). While LittleMissH did take a bottle while we were out, I still was the one to get up with her at 3:30 and 5:30 every morning to nurse her. Did I mention that all 7 of us were sleeping in a room with one king bed and a pullout couch? Also…have you ever taken five kids under the age of 9 to a carnival…for 4 hours?!
While on “vacation” I had a severe case of baby brain and the following tragedies occurred…
1. I forgot to pack a pair of jeans and a sweatshirt in case it got cold (which it did).
2. I forgot one of the pairs of wireless headphones for the Cowkids so, we all had to listen to the kids’ movie on the radio.
2. I left my sunglasses in the room twice.
3. I lost my room key three times. This resulted in a need to walk all the way to the front desk and get new ones three times.
4. I got lost twice driving to CowGranny’s house.
5. I accidentally threw away all of the concert and rodeo tickets for the week.
6. I didn’t notice for 12 hours that I had thrown all of the concert and rodeo tickets out.
7. We stayed at a hotel where the staff actually emptied the trash on a regular basis.
8. I didn’t find that out until I had dug through the trash can.
9. The Cowboy was grouchy (understandably so) and I cried.
After a full five days of “fun” I decided it would be best if I drove myself and the Cowkids home Sunday morning. The Cowboy stayed and watched the rodeo with customers and rode home with his sister. As I hit the road I was exhausted and stuck listening to the Lion King (there are worse things I know) instead of fun upbeat radio songs.
I drove 80mph (the speed limit) headed home with visions of being there by lunch in my head. Just as I pulled over to pass a semi truck my check tire light went on…and I looked up and saw you.
You were so close that I could see that perhaps an eyebrow waxing would be a great idea for you…and you continued to stay that close as I sped up and tried to get past the semi truck without a tire blowing.
As I pulled over into the “slow lane”, I couldn’t contain my fury, and I flipped you off as you passed. I guess it was the lady with the bowl cut sitting next to you that got the brunt of my finger, but she probably relayed it to you for me.
I know we live in a small town, and I have an easily recognizable car. Chances are I know you or, as my luck would have it, I attend the same church as you. It has been on my mind for days that I should really apologize to you and since I don’t know who you are this letter will have to do.
I am sorry I flipped you off and I know that I should have controlled my temper.
That being said, next time you’re driving behind me I’d appreciate it if you give me at least one car length between us. I know I have a nice bum for someone that has five kids but, I’d appreciate if you stay out of it…after all I am a happily married woman!
Have a great day,
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