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Monday, October 1, 2012

And there was light...

The other night on the way home from the beach on Palomar Rd. there was a huge police DUI/Identification stop. Under tons of industrial spotlights were large paddy wagons, and surprisingly a few folks in handcuffs, or drunk and yelling at police as they told their story. Agh. The bad part? We thought we'd get sleepy Lukas home and straight to bed. The excitement of getting waved over was too much though, and he was now awake and alert as we were pulling into the secondary area (our headlight literally just went out on the drive home), so our now very aware three year old got yet another chance to hear about why alcohol is bad for the body and especially irresponsible when people drink it and then choose to drive.  The large police man with the deep voice said hello and asked him a question, but the suddenly more shy than usual Lukas stared at the guy with the ticket book and the big flashlight.  We got a fix-it-ticket, meaning we have to find some random police man or head to the station before a certain date and have an officer sign off that our light is fixed, then mail the ticket to the court house so that we don't have to pay a fine. No records, just a hassle. It's okay. We're glad we were safe, that we became aware of the headlight, and that we got a little adventure and teaching moment out of it.  And again once the light was fixed because then I was on the lookout for policemen so that I could have one just sign off my repair on the back of the ticket.

I chose a motorcycle cop during elementary school carpool time the other morning, since he'd pulled over someone else. I thought to myself as moms in minivans rode by, that some of them must've thought:
1) I'm glad he's busy pulling over that lady so he doesn't get me
2) Oooooh, she's gonna get it.

3) Why is she smiling?

So no, I wasn't getting the ticket, I was just pulled up behind a motorcyclist so that he'd sign my homework. And Lukas got an awesome 'junior officer' sticker to put on his sweatshirt, and told everyone about it for the rest of the day. And hey, he got some awesome quality time with dad fixing the light, using the wrenches, and getting greasy hands. He loves time with his Papi, and I'm so so so glad they have each other. Adorable is an understatement about those two!

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