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Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Too early for drama...

So…I escort my son into daycare this morning and as I am standing at the front desk signing him in, he starts to panic.

“Dad! I forgot my breakfast.”
“Well, I will buy you something from the counter.”
“I forgot my lunch too.”
“He has to have a lunch to go on the fieldtrip today,” the daycare teacher added.
“Dad, I don’t want to miss the fieldtrip. Will you please go get my lunch?”
“But, that will make me late for work.”
“Actually, you are dropping him off quite a bit earlier than you usually do,” helpy helperton added.
“Yeah, I had some work that I wanted to catch up on, so I was going in early.”
“Looks like was is the operable word there.”
“Evidently,” I look at my watch in disgust. “I’ll be back.”

I rush out to my car and fire it up. I only live two miles from the daycare. If I hurry, I can still get to work before the masses. So, I peel out of the parking lot and roar down the street. There is only one other car on the entire road and he is down by where I have to turn. It being “oh my god” early, there isn’t much traffic; I gun the engine and we zip along Garnett. Yep, that one other car was a police officer and yes, I received the flashing lights and wailer treatment. I pull over and wait for him to approach the car.

“I guess you know why I pulled you over.”
“Yes, sir. I was just dropping off my son at the daycare right over there and…”
“Yeah, I saw you whipping out of their parking lot. Do you realize that you were doing 67 in a 40?”
“Oh, my…no, I didn’t. I was just trying not to be late for work…”
“67 in a 40, sir; there are no excuses for that. How late will you be for work if you die in a high speed crash?”
“But there is no one out on these roads this early in the morning.”
I was out here this morning.”
“Yes, you were out here to protect and serve and you are doing a fine job of it.”
“Are you getting smart with me?”
“No, sir. I am being sincere. You have officially protected me from myself. I guarantee that I will not be speeding for the rest of the day.”
I paused as he began to laugh. “For today, huh?”
“Yes, sir. You get start your day knowing that, without a doubt, you have been a positive influence in someone’s life.”
He stared at me for what felt like an eternity, turned and looked at the empty road, and smiled back at me.
“If you promise to keep your foot out of this thing, I suppose we could call this a warning.”
“Ah, thank you so much, sir.” I extended my hand to shake his.
“Have a nice day.”
“You too.”

I guess sometimes, nice things do happen to nice people. It does make me wonder how the rest of the day is going to go though.


At 7:38 PM, Blogger JohnH985 said...

Hope the rest of the day went great.

At 12:46 AM, Blogger Jenn said...

We rock. I got outta mine the other day too!

We are good people. I don't care what anyone say's. I'm sure they don't call you Goody for nothing. And me Jenn, well, yeah.

At 4:34 AM, Blogger James Goodman said...

John, the rest of the day went pretty darn good.

Jenn, we must rock, how else could we shake the tickets? :)

At 6:07 AM, Blogger Leslie said...

Where did Little Goody go on his fieldtrip? Nice weather we're having for a fieldtrip. Thank God for cool-fronts!

At 8:00 AM, Blogger James Goodman said...

He went swimming, not so good weather for a field trip! :)

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