Vindication in a VW

Years back, when B was a student in his last gasp of community college, he was driving through one of the crowded campus parking lots waiting for a spot to open up. In the end he decided to just double-park our old red 1970 VW, 'Gunter', and wait for a student to leave. He waited in Gunter for a while, reading in the warm October sun until someone started to pull out. As soon as the car had backed out, another car zipped in and parked. A young woman in her early twenties got out and started to hurry away.
"Hey!" B called out the window, "I've been waiting for that spot for 20 minutes!" The girl looked at him and said, semi-indignantly, "Are you going to make a big deal out of this?"
To which B replied, "It just reflects poorly on you as a person!"
She paused a moment, and then huffed her shoulders, flounced back to her car, and pulled out.
No Esprit De L'escalier Here
I've always loved this story, for many reasons. It's funny that B pulled this out of his bag of retorts at that moment-it sounds like something that would go on a report card, like "You just don't apply yourself!" or "You lack follow-through!" What's even funnier is that it worked.
And there's more here too, about the dignity of being a person, an image-bearer of a holy (wholly-other) God. We do much to mar that divine image, small mean actions as well as global atrocities, and it's hard to respond with love to people whose resemblance to their Maker is fuzzy at best. And I think conscience does a lot to remind us to scrub our faces, as it were, in order to see in the mirror a reflection of the Creator (which is why that woman responded as she did.)
Up With Everyone, Not Just the Beautiful People; (Or: We're All Beautiful People)
When Jesus said, "A new commandment I give you, that you love one another"he was giving us a holy charge-that we must continue to believe that the image is still there, under all that tarnish, loving each other, being 'Up With People' as the Elevens would say, believing that God is working out the details in all of us......
And I believe one of the reasons he calls us into a closer walk with His Son is so some of His goodness can 'reflect back on us as people'. Let it be so!
(Thanks to krazymalay for his beautiful pic. It makes me miss Gunter; he was a such good little car. RIP!)


Mum said...

Thank you, Rosa-Isn't one of our greatest gifts to each other perspective? I needed the reminder that I am an image-bearer. I made a commitment long ago "Lord, if I am going to follow you, please help me to represent you well". Its the idea of being His hands extended to a hurting world and really loving people.
I continue to learn from you, grasshopper.

Bye the bye, did I ever tell you that I actually saw a traveling production of 'Up with People', Yeah, it was at the B-40 Jr Hi gym. Very peppy. I still have the flash-backs.

rosa said...

You have represented Him well to me!

Re: Up With People, do you remember any of the songs? Or did they have dance routines? I want a reenactment!

Mum said...

OMG (goodness)
Can't believe you are asking me to call up what have been repressed memories, caused by PTS. Well, that might be just a touch dramatic..
Picture about 15-20 happy, shiny people in costumes (primary colors) singing their little hearts out and doing a lot of marching in place, elbows out.
I believe there was much more to it, but again, I have tried to put it all out of my mind.
Did you know that Glenn Close was a former member of U.W.P.?

**Ms. Franklin** said...

That's one of my favorite Brad stories, too. So true about that remark balancing the report card tone... it definitely did the job. About a year ago something similar happened to me in the Trader Joe's parking lot in Daly City. This reckless driver basically caused an accident and zoomed off to a parking spot across the way. I pulled up, and in my best Brad impression, said "We both know that the right thing to do is go back there and explain your role in this situation."

rosa said...

aka: channeling your inner-Brad

Lucy said...

Ms Franklin's version of a Brad remark is disarming. Hopefully it made the other person laugh as well as re-consider.

I put a picture of Portland on LOOSE AND LEAFY specially for you.

(Not exactly in a fog . . . but Portland in a fog is photographically pointless.)


Read Your Way Through the Garden: Choice Tomes From Garden Literature

  • A Book of Salvias by Betsy Clebsch
  • Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon
  • Making Bentwood Trellises by Jim Long
  • RHS Encyclopedia of Plants & Flowers
  • Rose Primer: An Organic Approach to Rose Selection & Care by Orin Martin
  • Start With the Soil by Grace Gershuny
  • Sunset Western Garden Book
  • Sunset Western Landscaping Book
  • The Book of Garden Secrets by Patent & Bilderback
  • The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Botany
  • the Gardener's Table: A Guide to Natural Vegetable Growing and Cooking by Richard Merrill & Joe Ortiz
  • The Gardener's Year by Karel Capek
  • The Hutchinson Dictionary of Plant Names: Common & Botanical
  • We Made A Garden by Margaret Fish

lotsa latin: rosa's botanical & etymological ruminations

  • vespertinus: flowers in the evening
  • vernalis:spring
  • veni vidi nates calcalvi: we came, we saw, we kicked butt. This was printed on a T shirt I bought at Abbot's Thrift many years ago. It encircled the NEA symbol. I wish I knew why.
  • superciliaris: shaped like an eyebrow ex: sturnella superciliaris, the White-browed Blackbird
  • rosa-sinensis: species of Hibiscus: Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. Lit. Rosa of China, so named by British plant hunters.
  • placentiformis: shaped like a cake ex: discocactus placentiformis
  • nudiflorus: flowers before leaves show ex: flowering quince, magnolia
  • nivalis: growing in or near snow ex: galanthus nivalis (common snowdrop)
  • muralis: growing on walls
  • mirabilis: marvellous, wonderful
  • formosa: beautiful ex: dicentra formosa, a.k.a.western bleeding heart/dutchman's breeches/lady in a bath
  • carpe vitam: get a life
  • Carolus Linnaeus: Latinized name of Carl von Linne (1707-1778), Swedish naturalist considered the father of plant taxonomy. Whatta guy.