A good day to start this blog.
On my way to work today, I stopped at Publix. It was a 7:15 am and as I got out of my car and started walking towards the store, I noticed two women, obviously from different walks of life, exchanging words about their chosen parking spots. One woman (A) was accusing the other (B) of parking in the handicapped space without qualifying for it, as she had no sign displayed in the front of her car. Woman A also pointed out that woman B took up the spot that she herself could have used since she did have a placard hanging in the front of her car to prove she was indeed handicapped.
As I passed by, woman B was explaining that she was qualified to be parked in the handicapped space; she had a handicapped license plate, which justified her position, even though woman A couldn't see it from where she was parked. She expanded on that by suggesting that one cannot make judgments about others' handicaps or disabilities simply by looking at their physical characteristics.
I noted that these two women were not really arguing with each other. They were not yelling angrily - just stating their position from across the length of two cars. However, as i went into the store I thought that this was just the beginning and that certainly it would end up being a screaming match.
I bought my one item and within a few minutes headed back to my car. Much to my wonderment, woman A had moved closer to woman B and they were both talking about their personal stories and handicaps in a congenial and conversational way.
As I unlocked my car, I turned back to the two women one last time and saw that they were hugging. ;)