You know. It’s sometimes our most embarrassing moments that create the biggest learning experiences.
Recently, the kids and I had gone to the park on a rare sunny Spring day.
I left through our normal exit which only allows you to turn left because the exit is sort of on a corner.
Call it a sun induced brain fart if you will but as I sat there stopped, waiting to pull out I looked to the right and saw a police car parked on the side of the road. I quickly looked at the odds and again, sun induced brain fart, I decided that surely there couldn’t be an officer in that patrol car so I made an illegal right hand turn because it meant I wouldn’t have to go around the block just to head home.
As the stench of my brain fart got stronger and I got closer to the patrol car, I realized that yes in fact there was an officer inside, and as I drove by him he immediately turned around and flipped on his lights and siren.
My kids immediately turned around and told me there was a police car behind us and asked if it was their Uncle. (Yes, their uncle is a local police sergeant.) I explained to my kids that we were being pulled over and why. The fact that I had broken the rules seemed astonishing to them, or perhaps it was the fact that I, as an adult, had rules in the first place.
Long story short, I didn’t get a ticket, but I did get quite a lecture. (In the state of Oregon it would have been a $300 ticket!)
As the officer pulled away I received another lecture. From my kids!
They told me that if I couldn’t follow the rules then maybe I should take a time out from driving. I also heard that Daddy would have been very mad if I would have gotten a ticket, and a couple other key points.
Upon pulling into the driveway at home my son says, “Mommy, I hope you learned your lesson.”
And boy did I ever! Don’t get pulled over with your kids in the car!