Things I see – woman by the side of her car in a grocery parking lot. Sitting in the motorized cart. 24 pack of Budweiser in the cart’s basket, one light. An open bottle in her hand at 10:30 a.m. Couldn’t wait to get into the car, or maybe smart enough not to drive with the open bottle. Couldn’t wait to get home, the need burning her up.
This and other detritus of our American life is the palette of the grocery store parking lot. Panhandlers. Birds picking at the trash we are too impatient to bring to the can. Surgical masks ripped off of reluctantly worn faces and dropped for someone else’s infection. Bottles, cans, plastic bags despite the recycling bins by the store’s door.This and other detritus of our American life is the palette of the grocery store parking lot. Panhandlers. Birds picking at the trash we are too impatient to bring to the can. Surgical masks ripped off of reluctantly worn faces and… Click To Tweet
We are an impatient people. Circling the parking lot endlessly for a spot closer to the door, God forbid we should walk a bit farther. Leaving our carts willy nilly because we are too lazy to walk to the cart corral. Leaving our trash because we can’t be bothered to bring it to a trash can; laziness or impatience, or both. Maybe for fitness sake we should make all parking spaces farther away from the store, and for the environment’s sake we should put trash cans everywhere because it doesn’t seem likely that retraining will be successful, or even happen, any time soon.
The only energy I see in the parking lot is the creative panhandlers and their dramatic tales of woe. Somehow they all sound the same – stranded families, broken down cars. When I offer them the location and names of organizations that can help magically they drift away to accost someone else.
The parking lot is a culture of it’s own. Do you put on your blinker to indicate that you are waiting for the spot? Does that even work? Mostly not. So we can add rudeness to the parking lot cultural characteristics. People walk behind moving cars, assuming that they are safe, that the driver knows they are there, not always a safe assumption. But that walk is always made with confidence, dare I say arrogance.
If the parking lot is a micro of our culture as a whole, on this day I am sad. It shows us to be addicted, sloppy, impatient, lazy, rude and arrogant. I dearly hope that is not what the world is really coming to. Hopefully parking lot culture is just the parking lot.