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Lesson Learned From A 90 Yr Old Couple

Let Me Paint The Scene

Yesterday, I pulled up to a 4 way stop (4 stops signs placed at the intersection of two streets).  I see a tiny elderly couple with stooped postures standing to the right of me at the pedestrian crossing. The man was dressed in a fresh baby blue polo, neatly pressed knee length khaki shorts and all white sneakers. He was bald and his head was almost completely covered in giant age spots.  He was holding the hand of a woman with a matching outfit and full head of short white hair.  I don’t know if they were actually 90 years old but they really looked like they were.

The New Thank you

When I pulled up to the stop sign, I decided to catch their attention, smile, and wave for them to cross in front of my car. It takes about 40 secs for this couple to walk from the curb to directly in front of me (yes, we are both on the right side of the street).  The slow-moving duo passes directly in front of me; deliberately does a half turn towards me; straightened up a bit which almost straightened their hunchbacks, and in what appeared to be in slow motion raised their middle fingers on their free hands … to ME. In UNISON!!! The guy actually had the nerve to couple his middle finger salute with the nastiest glare I have ever received.

Then they unhurriedly turned back to the road and resumed their painstakingly slow trek across the street.

Laughter Cures All

My mouth fell open. I stare after the twosome who finally make it across the street and were waiting by yet another stop sign in order to cross to the other side.

The shock slowly dissipated and I felt laughter bubbling up inside of me.

I threw back my head and laughed. I laughed so hard and for so long that my chest tightened up and tears came to my eyes. My laughter turned hysterically. I started gasping for air. I only got moving when the car behind me honked.

I drove off feeling light. I felt lighthearted.

I have been feeling stressed due to my self-imposed crazy deadlines.

Lighten Up Ivy!

I think I was sent this couple to remind me to lighten up, enjoy the startup journey and take a look at my surroundings. This happened only one block away from my home. How many other delights await me when I get off the computer/cell phone and actually walk around my neighborhood?

I will never know what induced this randomly gangsta “knuck if you buck” decrepit 90-year-old couple to give me the middle finger. It could have been my smile, wave, or the fact I was one of the only cars to fully stop at the stop sign. But I was left hoping that they would give the next car the same middle finger thank you.

**I wasn’t supposed to publish this today, but I was thinking about this since last night LOL**

How many times have you experienced something shocking that lightened your spirit? Talk about it below in the comments 🙂


  1. Christina says:

    Cute! i really enjoyed reading this. lessons learned 🙂

    1. Iveoma says:

      Awww. Thank you for this comment 🙂

  2. Lizzie Chu says:

    I literally laughed out loud imagining how this was playing out with you starting to crack up after the middle finger incident. awwwwww miss your bubbly positive spirit iveoma. I have a friend called uzoma who i keep calling iveoma. bad, i know lol. but i think i just miss you that your name keeps rolling off my tongue haha.

    1. Iveoma says:

      Awww. Thank you Lizzie!!! I miss you too 🙂

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