Wednesday, October 24, 2007
No Signal - A Weekly Meme Challenge from Eavesdrop Writer
My friend, Vienne, overhears conversations of the people around her then as an impartial observer, shares them with us on her blog, The Eavesdrop Writer. Her blog gives valuable insight into human behavior and is always an interesting read. She's created a Meme challenge that the writer in me can't resist.
Here is how it works - This is a weekly meme where readers continue Vienne's overheard conversation. Click on the above button. It will open the Eavesdrop Writer. After reading her post entitled No Signal, please close the window to return to LifePrints to read my unique ending to the story.
I've added a challenge to myself - to give the conversation an ending that fits the theme of my blog. So in this case, I must find a win-win situation for the people involved. Considering the situation, it took me a few days before the solution dawned on me.
Here is my ending to Vienne's Eavesdrop Ending Meme:
As the squatter scribbles on the scrap of paper, I see a young man wearing a baseball cap approach. He taps the squatter on the shoulder. The squatter jerks around, still angry and full of adrenaline. I can't hear what the young man says but the squatter's face relaxes. He smiles and puts the cap on his pen. The young man motions toward the building, walks away and gets into a jeep parked by the front door. He waits there for the squatter to drive around. When they are in perfect position for the exchange, the young man backs out and waves as he drives away. The squatter waves back and takes his place in the prime parking spot. I can tell he feels vindicated by the way he carries himself when he steps out of the car.
Now..that is my win-win solution. What do you think?
I've been in a car when the driver was so angry about a "stolen" parking place that he ripped the windshield wipers off the offending car after the driver had walked out of sight. There is no need for that kind of behavior. Life is too short to get so wrapped up in where we park.
I recently read somewhere ( if I could remember where I'd give credit, I think it was the Wishful Writer) about a woman who prays to her parking angel as she enters a crowded parking lot. Sounds funny but I bet it works...on so many levels, I believe that's much better than resorting to arguments and vandalism over something that in the fullness of my life doesn't even matter one iota.