IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE GUEST POST :Ambulance Etiquette and University Students


Ambulance Etiquette and University Students

Welcome to Willow’s weekly coffee and tea garden. My name is Paul and I’m happy to be here once again in the garden tending to your needs for a cuppa, and sweets. I must say, it’s great to see you all here in this relaxing atmosphere surrounded by flowers and butterflies. Have a seat where you choose, at a table in the sun or shade, and I’ll be happy to bring a pot of whatever beverage you prefer – we have a wide range of teas and coffees to satisfy our world-wide readership. We can relax while we discuss the affairs of the week both personal and/or worldwide. How has your week been?

I have to tell you about a really funny thing that happened on the way home from grocery shopping yesterday – we Canadians are just so polite. I was approaching a major intersection at Laurier and King Edward in Ottawa. The traffic light in my direction was red, so I was stopped only a few cars back from the intersection. From the right on Laurier came an ambulance with lights flashing and siren screaming. From the left on Laurier came another ambulance, lights flashing and siren screaming. The ambulance on the right wanted to turn left, across the other ambulance, so he stopped in the intersection to wait for the other ambulance to clear. But the other ambulance did the same and stopped to let the first ambulance turn in front of him. So for a second the two ambulances with sirens screaming and lights flashing, were sitting stopped in the middle of the intersection and each driver was waving for the other to go first. (I can just hear the conversation: “You first”; “No, no, I insist that you go first.” ; “I can’t you’re an ambulance so you have right of way.” ; “Yes but you’re an ambulance too, so you’re supposed to have the right of way.”; “Well, we’re not making much headway, so let’s go for a beer and discuss this.”; “Fine by me.” At this point the first ambulance turned and the second proceeded. Those silly Canadians – far too polite if you ask me.

So are you ready for a refill yet? A biscuit, perhaps, or a piece of cake? Have you seen or had anything silly or funny happen recently? We’d love to hear about it here in the garden.

I live in an area adjacent to a large university here in Ottawa. The students arriving for the new school year are putting on quite a show. I sit out on the steps enjoying the sunshine as I watch concerned parents arrive driving vans, hauling trailers and manoeuvring rental trucks. Beds, dressers, TV’s, luggage, desks, all pour into the rental units on the street. The teens are bouncing with excitement – freedom finally arriving –while the parents frown and give orders and chastise, knowing full well that as soon as their rear bumper disappears from sight, the race will be on. Johnnie and Joanie will be cracking the beer bottles and inviting as many friends as they can find over for a parent free celebration. The parties are spilling out onto the front porches and onto the street. Much joviality is to be had.


I truly enjoy watching the enthusiasm and soaking up the energy. It brings back memories of growing and learning. Some of the full time local residents grumble about the noise and the parties but seldom, if ever, complain officially. The friends that are made for life, the freedom of self-control, the wonders of learning that all come at this time in life. I can’t help but be happy for them. There will be hard times and good times, the exhilaration of success and the agony of defeat, and they will grow into responsible, empathetic young women and men – the future of our society. It’s like watching a new flower start to bloom – slowly opening up and showing its beauty to the world. I never tire of watching the young people celebrate and grow, while enjoying life to its fullest. Are the students headed back where you are too? Do you have any stories of students inyour life? Are you one of the concerned parents? Do tell.

Would you like another cuppa? Willow and I are honored that you dropped by the garden today to visit. I hope you’ve enjoyed yourself and the conversation and please feel free to look around at Willow’s other posts while you’re here. We look forward to seeing you in the garden again next week.

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE:  I would  tell you how very welcome  you are  and how much I look forward to our weekly get together, and that I do hope  they continue for a while  to come. So  for now  be well and be happy.  😀

If we were having coffee I’d ask  you : would you like another  cuppa, or  a biscuit . I’d  tell you I have really  come to enjoy  these chats  and I’d  love  to hear  what you would  tell me , If we were having Coffee  Original idea  from  http://parttimemonster.wordpress.com/


24 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Paul
    Aug 31, 2014 @ 00:23:58

    Thank you so much for having me guest post Willow. It truly is an honor that you’re willing to have me here.


  2. Lisa
    Aug 31, 2014 @ 14:02:58

    That’s a nice, funny post, Paul! 🙂


  3. Let's CUT the Crap!
    Sep 01, 2014 @ 00:49:45

    I see the garden keeps getting lovelier even as fall encroaches. School. School. Wonderful school. Everyone tied to it is affected and either busting with happiness or dreading their return. Glad it’s not me. ❤ ❤


    • willowdot21
      Sep 01, 2014 @ 07:06:36

      Me too I never liked school! Oh! The garden is magic 🙂


    • Paul
      Sep 01, 2014 @ 08:17:27

      Thank you LCTC! The garden does indeed grow more beautiful, doesn’ t it? Yes, school is a big part of daily life for many. Please sit and have a cuppa. It will relax you. I promise you don’t have to go to school anymore. Ha! Really though, life itself is a type of learning environment. Perhaps it was the structure of the learning that bothered you. And that is so very true for many. We have adopted a fixed learning environment and it does not suit many. You have plenty of company in that area.

      I hope all is well with you and you family. Please enjoy the garden and the cuppa. Thanks again for dropping by.


      • willowdot21
        Sep 01, 2014 @ 08:33:00

        Yes LTC you are always welcome 🙂

      • Let's CUT the Crap!
        Sep 01, 2014 @ 14:49:29

        Thanks, Paul. The visit with you was lovely. To clear up any misunderstanding, I LIKED school. I just wouldn’t want to go back and do it all over again. I am always taking classes because I now have time to learn other things.
        I feel sorry for the little ones. Life is much more complicated now.
        What about you? Had you enjoyed school?

      • Paul
        Sep 01, 2014 @ 15:32:08

        Oh yes, LCTC, I did enjoy school. I still take classes whenever I have the opportunity and enjoy learning. I also enjoy reading- which I think is half the battle. I’ve done some courses in adult teachng as well and have taught within the workplace a considerable amount. That too, I enjoy. I’ve never taught children and I doubt I’d have the patience. i like to be able to fire anyone who doesn’t listen me – Ha! -just kidding, I’ve never even come close to that. 😀

      • Let's CUT the Crap!
        Sep 01, 2014 @ 16:24:50

        😀 😀 More power to ya.

      • willowdot21
        Sep 01, 2014 @ 16:37:51

        Why thank you Mamam!

  4. tesscol
    Sep 01, 2014 @ 11:56:22

    Well Paul it was good to hear of your exploits this week . I like to relax with a coffee and your garden sounds ideal.I have an amusing story too. I volunteer as a guide in Stately Home here in UK. On Saturday afternoon we were expecting a party to be shown around the house.They were booked for 2.15pm and there were 4 guides ready and waiting to begin.We went to the car park to welcome them only to discover an empty coach and no sign of the visitors!
    We checked the Tea rooms and the Restaurant across the road…..finally we tracked them down to the Village Pub.One of the guides drove there to remind them that we were waiting for them.
    The tour of the house finally got going at 3pm. Some of the party were French on an exchange visit with friends in Peterborough. The House in question is Elton Hall and if you are interested you can google it for more info. It has been in existence since the late 1600’s and.has many beautiful paintings, fine Chinese porcelain and elegant furniture. I love.working there..
    I am pleased I don’t have.to return to school…having spent 23 years teaching I am glad I have.left.all.the hard work of planning and preparation behind.
    Well it’s time for me to go…..Thanks for the warm.welcome.an the coffee!!!


    • willowdot21
      Sep 01, 2014 @ 13:47:29

      Your always welcome. I am so pleased that you seem happy and settled. Happy in yourself. Lost tourists not 🙂 xx


    • Paul
      Sep 01, 2014 @ 14:22:51

      Thanks for dropping by the garden for a chat Tesscol. We are honored. Please enjoy your cuppa. That story of the wayward tourists is hilarious. It must be rare that the tour guides have to go find their guests. The Home sounds wonderful and it is so great that you enjoy your duties so much. If I’m ever in the area, I’ll have to do a tour. So you taught for a career, that’s neat. I have a great deal of respect for teachers – they shape so many lives. I had a bunch if teachers in my lifetime that have had a large impact on my life. Thank You.

      It has been a pleasure to chat again Tesscol, please help yourslef to another cuppa and come back again.


  5. markbialczak
    Sep 01, 2014 @ 13:43:13

    Oh, Paul, how much better that both the ambulances stop than both race forward and collide, forcing two more ambulances to arrive and cart off not only those in back but those driving, too!!

    College students and parents of same. Oh, how I’ve been both. The foolish drinker was quite the role. Of course the ensuing hangovers allowed me to be wiser on the back end, but the student never, ever wants to hear that and always, forever, needs to learn that lesson all on his or her own to not be able to pass it on to the next generation of footloose and fancy free.

    Thanks for this week’s cup, my friend.


    • willowdot21
      Sep 01, 2014 @ 13:58:54



    • Paul
      Sep 01, 2014 @ 14:28:55

      It’s such a pleasure to see you here Mark. Thank you for dropping by. Yes, the drinking routine seems to be a personal lesson, doesn’t it? Ha! It is fun to watch though, knowing the end result but still soaking up the energy and enthusiasm. I enjoy having the students around the neighborhood, it brightens up the area.

      I hope your week has been good Mark and thank you for dropping by for a cuppa. Do come by again. 😀


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