Those Lights in the Rearview Mirror

I was driving the girls home from martial arts using the back roads. I’d like to think it is faster as there’s rarely ever any traffic, but the speed limit is 25 mph so it probably isn’t.  Mostly I just take that route because it’s pretty.  Tonight the girls and I were chatting and I wasn’t really paying any attention to how fast I was going.  That is until I saw the patrol car backed into a driveway.  I slammed on my breaks and held my breath while I desperately hoped that he was just hiding out doing paperwork.  As soon as I saw those flashing blue and red light in the rear view mirror I knew that I was busted.

I continued down the narrow and winding two lane road until I came to a side road.  Wouldn’t you know it, those lights were still behind me.  After a very short moment, a stern and gruff looking officer appeared at my window.  Before he could say a word I was apologizing and handing him my driver’s license and crumpled insurance card.  I didn’t quite beg, but I pleaded with my eyes as I explained that I knew I was in the wrong and I just didn’t realize how fast I was going until I saw him sitting there.  He just grunted then asked me if I had ever been to prison!

I think my jaw dropped open.  I wasn’t sure if that was a threat, or if he thought I looked like an ex-con.  I nearly told him that I was an upstanding law-abiding citizen…then I remembered why we were having this little chat. His next questions were to find out if I had ever been arrested for a DUI or narcotic usage.  After that he wanted to know how many tickets I’d had in the last year, if I worked at the place named on my license plate frame, if and where I did work, if I knew what the posted speed limit was and finally how fast I was going.

Of course I had no idea how fast I was going so he pointed at KT told her how fast and made her do the math.  (Good thing she’s the math wiz!) Then he asked Mimi if she thought he should give me a ticket.   My little girl was like a deer in the headlights.  I think she managed to squeak out a negative answer before he asked KT the same thing. She simply shook her head.

The next thing I knew, the officer told me I had better make sure those girls got something really nice for Christmas then walked back to his car.  I think I was still in shock as I very carefully drove off at a much slower pace the rest of the way home.

I can’t help but wonder if he’s still back there laughing at me…

**KT thinks she deserves credit for getting us out of the ticket because she so quickly figured out that we were going 14 miles over the speed limit.  She also thinks that I should give her the money a ticket would have cost me.  She’s dreamin’ again!

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