Chloe and I were practically run off the road today by a woman who was texting on her phone while driving. Panicked, I honked my horn. She finally glances up, yanks her steering wheel the other way, over corrects, and eventually settles back onto her side of the road. I mutter bitch! under my breath and a few thundering heartbeats later, what do I hear from the backseat? “Bitch!” (except it sounds more like “Bits!”) “Bits…bits… …bits!” Four times do I hear this awful word echo from my baby’s innocent mouth. I guess it was inevitable. Really, can anything be so equal parts horrifying and humorous as the antics of a toddler? I drove in silence for a few minutes afterward, practically holding my breath, and then to switch gears I started singing songs. Thankfully, I haven’t heard her say it again since.
Btw – in Oregon it is illegal to use a cell phone while driving (unless it is a completely hands-free device). What good is that law if no one follows it? I see people on their phones so often, it’s ridiculous. Maybe there should be a movement – regular drivers who see cell-phone using drivers could honk their horns four times – one honk for each of these words: GET OFF YOUR PHONE!)