Traffic Jams And The World's Patience



Green, red, black, tan, and blue . . . these are just some of the colors of the cars and trucks as I sit waiting for my turn. The trip should have taken only two hours from my home in Macon, Georgia to my best friend's in northern Atlanta. But instead, it took almost five and a half-hours. As I sit in my car just shy of the junction of I-75 and I-675, I take a look around. We have been involved in heavy stop-and go- traffic since I had gotten on I-285 and then continued on back through I-75. The radio announcers kept warning of the southbound 18-wheeler turned over across all four lanes, but it seems as though nobody cared to listen including myself.
As I sit in the middle of this ...

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kind of patience they have in store for themselves.
I happen to glance over at a cowboy and his father in the truck next to me. I glance over as they watch the lane to their left move. They seem to wish that it is the trailer they are pulling that is moving instead of the one with the jet-skis on it. Their trailer has a bulldozer on it, which makes me wonder if they are simply trying to move from yesterday's job, to tomorrow's duty. If this is indeed the case, then their patience is one of grace. They seem to be enjoying the radio, and each other's company, but deep inside they look bored. Their patience is one like a person's in an audience for a dreaded opera-don't want to be here, but since I am I might as well get the best out of it.
Patiently the lady to my right reads a book while awaiting her turn to move. She is so nestled into her romance book, that I wonder if she even knows that she is in a traffic jam. The only time she looks away is to see if there is any ...

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his lap. This man stays in the car for a while, but then when others get out, he does too. That is when I notice he is wearing camouflage and he and his dog are most likely trying to get out of this jam and hunt. He patiently walks his dog around the Blazer and then climbs back into it and prepares to take off again later. This is a man who would rather please others rather than himself, but at the same time, he would like to get on with his job, too.
Beside me a group from Florida gets out to stretch their legs joining in with everybody else. Before you know it, it looks similar to a mad dash for a closeout store. People are everywhere, and little do we know, this will be our ...

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