I Am Looking In the Rearview Mirror For Him...

A knight in shining armor is someone you trust, somebody you can talk to, and somebody that is always there for you.  A knight in shining armor is generous and fair, some say chivalrous, but can’t we all be a knight in shining armor to others in our lives?  Can’t we find our knight in shining armor almost anywhere if we look hard enough?

What do you think when you hear the word chivalry? When I think of the word chivalry, I think of men dressed in Old English clothing, placing their coats over a puddle so that the approaching maiden doesn’t drown her frocks in muddy water. Not many men would be willing to ruin their Armani suits these days to save a modern maiden, or would they?

But while many modern women wouldn’t expect a man to place his precious suit in harm’s way, chivalry can be as simple as opening the door.  Chivalry is not defined only as a nice gesture from a man to a woman. It is not gender-, age- or race-specific. I open many doors, for both men and women, especially if they are more mature than me.  Anyone can be chivalrous, and everyone should.

In traffic, for instance, why ride the bumper of the car in front of you, trying to shield merging cars from entering your lane? Instead, be polite and allow one of the merging cars to slip into the lane in front of you. It won’t make your commute that much longer.

To be chivalrous is to be polite. If your slogan is “don’t get mad, get even,” then you need some serious lessons in the art of chivalry. Don’t let your blood pressure rise for no reason. Instead of speeding up to a slower driver and flipping your high beams to show your discontent, be patient and wait for the opportunity to pass them. And on the opposite end of the spectrum, if you are driving slow and have the opportunity to change lanes to let faster traffic by, then do so.

An additional way you can be chivalrous is to help another driver in need. It can be as simple as dialing for help to assist someone with a flat tire, or as simple as calling 911 on your cellular phone when an accident occurs in front of your eyes. Even if you are not noticed for your good deed, self-satisfaction should be enough justification.

We all make mistakes on the road; there is no such thing as a perfect driver. Yet often, when another driver slips up, we are so quick to criticize them. If we all work together and tap into our courteous nature, the road will be a more peaceful place.  Who knows you might just meet your knight in shining armor in the next traffic jam.


fungirlmmm fungirlmmm
46-50, F
3 Responses Mar 15, 2009

I would be your knight but my armor is tarnished and I need alot of WD40 lol.

lol yes in a young man's body.

Thanks Zerro.