This past weekend, I attended the funeral of a dear, and very loved woman. The funeral procession, alone, could have shown you how loved she was. Since I was driving near the end of the long line of cars, I was able to see and appreciate this all the more. But, there was something else in that drive that I was touched by. Though I have witnessed countless funeral processions in the past, I was, for some reason, particularly struck by one recurring event: The drivers, not in the procession, in the other lane, pull over until the whole line of cars is past.
I’ve been made aware that this is not actually customary in some regions. But, I will take this brief moment to state how much I appreciate that this IS the custom here. I saw farmers (pulling cattle trailers), and even a semi-truck all pull over out of respect for the event. Everyone we passed did the same. Think of it, perhaps, like a gentleman removing his cap; placing your right hand over your heart; facing the flag… It’s a simple sign of your personal respect for the situation.