Do you like hoards and hoards of people trying to do what you are trying to do? When the sun is hot, the temperatures are soaring and the lines form like a funnel each time you want to take in a special moment on a vacation that you have saved to enjoy after years. Fuses are short even at the “Happiest Place on Earth”. Grouchy people come with the program bursting with people on a mission.
A snarly husband with irritation dripping from his steely voice, “What did you lose?”
Desperately slapping her pockets, checking her purse, searching her bag a woman exclaimed, “Hold on. I’m looking.”
With an escalating volume out of control, the man shouted with a growl, “Tell me! What did you lose?”
Desperate and trying to find whatever she had misplaced, she blurted out, “My wallet. I lost my wallet!”
By now everyone around that small patch of shade were looking up. We were all looking on the ground, checking the bench and even slapping our own pockets. Clearly there was sympathy for her and a frantic effort to stay the pending eruption written in red on that man’s face.
Just in time she announced, “I found it!”
A wind of crowd relief exhaled. That man just turned on his heels and stalked away. The family gathered their personal items, huddled together and followed after the heated furor of the family.
Quickly all of us in the crowd stepped back into our world of ease. Everyone loses it some time under certain circumstances. Most of us have the dignity not to hang our laundry in public, however.
We loved our visit to Disney World. Yet, we encountered a few who were grouchy, a small number who were rude and very few who were pushy. Humans get a little testy when their circumstances are not ideal.
When the temperatures soar, so do the frayed tempers. During the crowded spaces and slow-moving lines people do snap at others. No matter how broadly Mickey smiles and cheers, someone is going to be unhappy.
Humorously, grumpy people want others to know how unpleasant they are feeling. Broadcasting their ill will seems to be a necessity for them. Blaming others or making others feel badly is like a calling in life for them.
Sometimes we are best just to keep quiet. Other times we can smile back or send a cheerful way. We cannot change the whole world but maybe we can infect a few with wonderful happiness.
photo credit: brucefong photography