Lil’ Italy in the AM

I’m a friendly driver.

If you’re trying to pull out onto Mayfield, from one of those tight one way streets in Little Italy, and there is a long line of traffic, and you’re just sitting there waiting for what seems like forever….I’m your gal.

But here’s the thing. Often, when I’m right there, giving them an opening, smiling even, ’cause I’m a morning person,

“Hey poppa! I gotcha’!”


“Go on little lady! It’s all yours!”

They don’t even notice.

They are on their phone. Or they are rummaging through something in the passenger seat, or they are not looking in my direction, …or they are otherwise zoned out.

And I’m all….do you see this line of traffic I am holding up for you?

And they don’t. So I move on.

And I believe the Universe is like that. Like, all the opportunities are just lined up waiting for us, but we aren’t paying attention. And…it’s not a big deal, because eventually we’ll get a break, but wouldn’t life be a lot smoother for us if we were taking advantage of the good that is always being offered? If we expected it, and looked for it?

The other day I had the opportunity to give someone a ride home from a function. There were a whole group of us, and I had the urge to offer, but I had the kids with me, I knew someone else would step up, and they did.

What if she had a valuable piece of info for me? What if she knew a great baby-sitter who would be perfect for us? (Ours has plans to go to college, hmfph). Who knows? She didn’t live far from us. It wouldn’t have been such a huge schlep. And she got her ride. Everything worked out fine. But that’s the kind of thing I’m talking about.

Now the moral of this little tale isn’t to give every Tom, Dick & Harry a ride. This ain’t the Martyr Express. The point is to look for openings for your good which are happening all around you. Expect them. Feel for them. And listen to your feelings! And when the opportunities present themselves, be awake and take them!

And when I let you out in traffic, I appreciate a nod or a friendly little wave back.

Thank you.

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7 Responses to Lil’ Italy in the AM

  1. Amanda says:

    On the actual traffic thing – have you noticed that the closer you are to a city the less likely you are to be “let in” and the more likely drivers around you will push in front even when there wasn’t actually a gap?

    I love your way of looing at the universe though, and good luck with finding a new babysitter

  2. Chris V. says:

    I like this alot…. thank you so much… always a lift to read your blog…

  3. Kathy Sullivan says:

    omg Michelle…you are so on target. How did you know exactly what I needed to hear? Thank you!

  4. Courtney says:

    LOVE this … love the idea of reaching out, and all the unexpected things it could bring. And love that you’re the type of person who thinks about what you may miss when you don’t.

  5. kario says:

    One of the things I love most about living in the Pacific NW is that everyone is a nice driver. We all let each other in and wave in acknowledgement when given a gift like this. Your take on this in a larger sense is so great. I need to stop and acknowledge the other gifts I’m offered from the universe.

  6. Tanya Savko says:

    Thank you for this! In addition to appreciating the universal wisdom, I will be chuckling about the Martyr Express for quite some time. xo

  7. amber says:

    Be aware. Be here. Be ready. That is the meaning. I love it.


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