My husband has started driving again since his open heart surgery the end of March. Last week we had some errands and shopping to do, so Hubby, son Adam, and I climbed into the car and we were off. In many business areas around here, parking seems to have been more of an after-thought than preplanned. So parking spots are often hard to find and lots of haphazard double parking happens along the streets in front of businesses, or there is lots of parking on sidewalks or even just in the middle of the streets.
There were no parking spots available at one place my husband needed to go into, so he double parked behind another vehicle. Adam and I stayed in the car waiting. Before too long, two men came and got into the vehicle that our car was blocking. I instinctively got out of the backseat and into the driver's seat. I pulled our car forward so that the other car could get out. Once they had pulled out and were on their way, I then backed our car up and then pulled it into the parking space left vacant by the other car that had just left.
Adnan arrived shortly afterward - and he was fine with what I had done. But what really surprised me was Adam's reaction. What I did had apparently terrified Adam. He tried to talk me out of doing it and was afraid that I would get arrested. Adam told me that the two guys in the car just stared at me like they couldn't believe their eyes - a woman behind the wheel in Saudi Arabia - how scandalous! I've driven Adam around since he was born, so he knows I'm perfectly capable of pulling a car forward a few feet and then pulling into a parking space. But he was scared that I would get into trouble, and I wasn't scared of that at all. I have never been one to live my life in fear - but I feel that many people here in this society (and other societies around the world, for that matter) live in fear on a daily basis - fear of what someone else or society will think of them (this is a BIG one here), fear of breaking the rules and getting caught and punished, fear of not earning enough points to get into heaven.
I don't think what I did was any big deal - what do you think?