After having a delicious breakfast of French Toast (to die for), bacon and some of the best coffee at this cafe', we headed over to the beach. Some of you already may know that we have drive-on beaches here which I need because of my Fibromyalgia. We drove on and found a perfect parking spot. The beaches here are pretty well regulated so that there is plenty of parking for the cars and then above the markers is plenty of sand before the dunes for people who aren't driving. Of course, people who aren't driving are usually further out to be nearer the water. There is a rule here that you can't sit or lay out between cars (an empty spot) for safety reasons. A car can whip right in without seeing you. Not good.
We pulled out our chairs, set up the umbrella and spent a good 3 hours just taking in the breeze and listening to the surf. It was a great day to spend with a girlfriend. We gossiped, we told life stories, we laughed and most of all we enjoyed the beach. I will be 53 and Debbie is 60. We both agree that we're too old for drama and bullshit.
Two younger girls came and laid out their towels, backpacks, sunscreen, etc. next to us but between the safe part and where a car would park. Since it wasn't very busy I didn't think it would matter. School started here in FL so there's lots of beach open. These girls were about 17 or so and used their boogey boards frequently since it was a pretty hot day in the bright sun.
An SUV pulled up part way behind these girls but still giving them lots of room. The woman who was driving it was around my age. One of the teenage girls walked up to her and told her she should move. The lady politely explained that she purposely stayed back far enough so as not to crowd them and that it was actually a parking spot. I couldn't believe it but the teenager started giving her shit about how she was there first and she didn't feel like moving her towel and backpack and it was really rude of her blah, blah, blah. She was really rude to this woman in the SUV. The woman ended up pulling out and parking elsewhere.
My first thought was that I wanted to go slap this girl. That's what my mother would have done to me if I ever spoke to anyone older than me like that! I would have been lucky with just a slap! Then, I realized that the youth today really doesn't have the respect that we had when I was growing up. Across the country, crimes are being committed against older people by young kids. Just recently a man was shot and killed by a 15 year old over something stupid. What happened to respect? What happened to the fear of being punished like jail or probation or even your parents?
Things sure have changed in this world. I'm glad that I instilled my values to my son and that my granddaughter's also have been taught these values. Very scary world indeed!
|Rodney Dangerfield (one of my favs of all time)|
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