Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Was it worth it?

So... on Sunday afternoon/evening, we drove to Memphis to see Taylor Swift.  This is the continuing saga of the Taylor Swift Trip.  TeST from here on. ;-)  We were running late because of a church commitment and the road to Memphis from here is .... nice from a scenery standpoint.  But there's no expressway (though rumors of a new expressway have been told since we moved here 17 years ago) and only the occasional small town... not alot of traffic and sometime after we cross from Mississippi into Tennessee, but before we got to Memphis... I saw the flashing blue lights behind me and naively changed lanes to let him pass... only he didn't pass.  He changed lanes with me.  So... I contemplated this turn of events a moment and decided, darnit, I spent alot of $$$ buying these tickets and I just shouldn't be hindered from my mission of getting to Taylor, so I floored it and lead Mr. Policeman on a high speed chase through the night, jumping a median and going airborne for a minute... wow- I finally lost him on a dirt road, all the while Onstar informing me I had left the planned route and asking if I needed updated directions.  It was very exciting.

You believed me, right?

No, actually I got a nice hefty speeding ticket and also got in trouble for having the wrong insurance card in the wrong car.  (Or the right car?)

As we drove away from the encounter (much slower), the girls began to complain about how unfair it was that I was given a ticket and how rude the policeman was and how he should have let me off with a warning, blah blah blah.  And I said, "Girls.... I was speeding".  This didn't hinder them- they continued to tell me what I SHOULD HAVE said to him and the attitude with which I should have said it and then they started to think up stories I could have told about how my grandmother was dying and I was trying to get to her bedside... and continued to talk about how it was so unfair, blah blah blah.   And I said, "Girls..... I. Was. Speeding."  They were baffled.  So I seized this teachable moment and had a little monologue about taking responsibility for your actions. You do the crime, you do the time. 

AND since two of them are driving age and one will be in another year, I also pointed out to them how all the time I had gained by speeding was LOST in those 15 minutes I had to sit on the side of the road and wait for my ticket to be written.  Was it worth it, do you think?

No, they agreed.  (Yay!  They agreed!)