Monday, October 15, 2007
We were having a perfect day...on our way to Hillsville to stop by the Ranch. We had just left the DeBoe's so of course our hearts were full...then we saw the lights and pulled off. I looked at R and he looked at me...no idea why we got pulled over. I turned around and noticed..."oh, Hannah, you don't have your seat belt on..." she put it on. The police officer came up to the window and said "sir, do you know that you were going 51 in a 35?" R said, "no sir, we were talking and I didn't realize." He left and ran the registration/license stuff...and came back. Meanwhile C is in the back with tears streaming down her face. When he came back he told us that it is $7 a mile over on top of the basic penalty and that he was just going to give us a warning since we were so cooperative. Then he asked us if we had our seat belts on. Yes. He looked right AT me and said "what about the little ones?" "no, sir." He wrote us a ticket for not obeying the road signs. I would not want his job. I hate tickets. Teachable moment. I looked at C and said, "honey, I feel bad too. but you know, he is trying to keep us and those around us safe. We were not paying attention. It is important to pay attention, isn't it?" I told her that I could have lied and said, that "yes" we all had our seat belts on, because we did now...but it is always right to tell the truth. Moment of great impact. Pretty sure H will be a full time seat belt "wearer" from now on.