Rickey C 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air 4dr Sedan

Who is that driving with their bright lights on?

Many years ago, when I was just a teenager, I bought and owned a 1955 Chevy. It was my dream car. Every dime I made went into this car. I was a poor kid working to help support my Mom and my brother and three sisters. Money was tight but I scrimped and saved to make my car "pretty". One night after our Wednesday Church gathering, a friend asked me if I would take him home with some of my friends. I agreed and off we went. He lived in the out skirts of our town and as we were driving down a very dark road, I noticed that about 2-3 miles away, there was another car coming in the opposite direction toward me and that they had their bright lights on. I dimmed mine to high beam and then dimmed them back to low beams to signal the other driver to dim their bright light to low beam. The other driver dimmed theirs to low and them immediately back to high beam! Since we were getting closer to each other, I again dimmed and then re-dimmed mine to low beam. The other driver immediately did the same, from high to low back to high beams again! I was getting a little annoyed since it was totally black outside and the bright lights were blinding me. This was a very narrow road with no street lights and no lines on the edge of the road. I was afraid that if I was blinded by the oncoming lights, I may drive off the road! So, again I flashed my lights to high beam and back to low beam! The other driver repeated their actions and again I was faced with their bright lights and could not see. By now we were less than 100 yards away from each other and I started to get nervous since I could not see the road edge. I slowed down as much as I could to avoid the other car. I decided to give it one more try and dimmed my lights again! It was useless! The other driver repeated exactly the same behavior and blinded me with their bright lights! I was almost stopped when the other car whizzed past me doing over 50 miles an hour! I was doing about 10 miles an hour and was hugging the edge of the road! As we passed each other, I mumbled under my breath-"Stupid Driver!". There is always a point in your life when you realize that your efforts were not worth the effort to correct a situation. It was also the moment I realized that the other driver was my Mother! She had taken my friends Mom home from Church and was on her way home when we had this chance encounter! Yeah, she recognized my car when we passed and she was not real happy that I blinded her with my lights! She was waiting up for me when I got home and I got an ear full! She thought she was in the right and I could not convince her otherwise! To argue with my Mother was useless, so I just gave up and went to bed. Mom passed away a few years ago and until that time, she always insisted that she was in the right that night and I was in the wrong. Now, every time I am driving at night and something similar happens with an oncoming car, I think of my Mom and the night she almost blinded me! Thanks for the memories Mom! Love you and Miss you so much!

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