What happened to respecting those around you?
The recent weather has been great for some, and an inconvenience for others. If you have struggled to get to work, then I hope you were not overly impacted and haven't lost out too much. For me, I have been lucky. I work from home anyway so I have not had a day off due to not being able to walk to the spare room due to snow.
However, my Daughter did not make it to school today as the road was pretty treacherous. I rang my Boss, told him what was happening and he suggested that I take some time out to have fun in the snow with my Daughter. I didn't need a second invitation. It was a bit of a long walk in the snow, but eventually, we were on well known Derbyshire hill, hurtling down with screams of joy and laughter.
After a few runs, I began to notice things. Firstly, when I was a kid, we used to walk up the side of the hill after we had finished hurtling down it. Not now. People were just getting off their Sledges, standing up and walking back up the middle of the hill. This kept happening to the point were eventually, there was a pretty nasty accident in which a child was clipped by a lad hurtling down the hill.
One would think the blame would land with the idiot Father, walking up the middle of the hill, with his son. Apparently not. What I witnessed was pretty shocking. This guy began hurling abuse at the 'miscreant.' He left his son, and began stomping down the hill to confront the lad on the Sledge, who might have been forgiven for not thinking someone would be stupid enough to walk up the middle of the hill with a child.
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Having made his point, including several threatening gestures, he proceeded to walk back up the middle of the hill to where his son was now crouched, having nearly been hit again. He bellowed at someone else, before getting back to the top of the hill and carrying on.
With this fresh in the mind, it was about time to leave. I don't like hearing bad language and certainly would like to protect my kids from hearing it. However, what happened next was just incredible. A family with three kids were having a snowball fight, with Mum on one side and Dad on the other. The Mother was screaming abuse at her partner, with swear words dotted throughout. In fact at one point, she screamed ' Get The B******!"
I was appalled. These were two incidents, within a few minutes of each other, that saddened me to the core. Who needs to listen to such language? Why couldn't the Father & son have walked up the side of the hill and not put themselves in danger before blaming someone else?
A day off in the snow and all I could end up thinking this evening was how sad it was that this day was marred by people not having respect for those around them. How did it come to this?