Today I was in a drive-thru getting some breakfast on my way to pick up my van from the shop (water pump died). I was behind a woman in a black Lexus SUV, and she was behind someone in a more nondescript car, a Toyota or Honda sedan. Lexus was at the window to pay for her food, and the other person had pulled up to the food window.
All of a sudden Lexus starts leaning on her horn and yelling out her window "Don't do that!" As I wondered what it was someone wasn't supposed to do, she angrily honked the horn again, shouting out her window "Don't throw trash on the ground! You don't DO that!" The driver in front of her glanced back and just started to pull away, not picking up the trash she had thrown out. Lexus had a few more choice things to say about it, which I didn't exactly hear because I was paying for my food, and then Lexus drove thru the line, not stopping to pick up her food, in hot pursuit of Litterbug. At one point I thought Lexus was going to ram Litterbug, but then they pulled around the building and I stopped to get my food. When I came around the corner, Lexus had parked her car and gone in to get the breakfast she left at the drive-thru, and Litterbug was gone. I was relieved that Lexus was safe, and I applauded her efforts to stand up for what is right.
This may not sound like the incredibly courageous act that it is. Around here, taking a stand like that, even about something as seemingly trivial as littering, can get you assaulted or shot. I doubt that Lexus changed the behavior of Litterbug, but maybe one of the 20 or so of us who witnessed it will gain the courage to stand up for what's right in our lives. Or maybe you will, because you read this. Or maybe I will. Or maybe I'll just continue to avoid confrontation like I do now, and just pick up the trash myself.
Let's take a stand this weekend on our blogs. Write about something you witnessed or experienced that you may have lacked the courage to do anything about when it happened. If you are blessed enough that nothing ever happened, then write from your heart about something you think is right. Leave me a comment and I'll do a linky round up next week. Or, if you prefer to stay anonymous, email me and I will put up your post on my site, anonymously. Tell your bloggy friends. We'll call it something like Taking a Blog Stand, or something more clever I can't think of right now.