I am just a simple traffic light. But my job is crucial in today’s modern society. Stop. Go. Stop. Go. I am just a simple traffic light.
It was a normal day, except for the rain and the fog. Droplets of rain are pelting me, but I can only focus on one thing right now, this car. I saw a car barreling towards me at 60 miles an hour, but I was Red. “Stop! Stop!”, I yelled, but the car does not respond.
Meanwhile, a family of 4 in a green minivan was making a right hand turn. I feel powerless That’s when it happened. I heard the screeching behind of the speeding car as it approaches the family in the minivan. “But I told you to Stop!” What have I done or not done? Is this my fault?
Is see a tire roll past me an tip on its side in front of me. I see smoke and smell burning rubber. People are rushing towards the chaos behind me. I hear the yelling and moaning coming from the minivan, I assume. I hear a young boy crying for his mother.
I had only one job, and I failed. Why me? I did everything I was supposed to. It has been going well for years now. My job is to keep everyone safe. Stop. Go. Stop. Go. All day long long, every day. But in my daydreaming, did I forget to turn from green to yellow to red? Surely not, right? I do this every day, but what I fell asleep? Oh my God, have I made these children orphans? No! It was HIS fault. He had to be stupid not to see me, or drunk, or maybe he did this on purpose? What if he had a heart attack at the wheel?
Now I hear sirens. Thank God help is on the way! A man in a blue uniform walks up to check on me and he says, “Well here’s your problem. The light is broken.” “What?”, I say to myself, “But I’ve been feeling fine.” How did this happen? I did cause this accident. I’ve been working fine for 12 years, and now this. I hope everyone is okay, I doubt they are though.
I am just a simple traffic light. Stop. Go. Stop. Go.