Last night’s sunset was so spectacular I had to stop and take a photo. I pulled into a beach access –sort of–it was an access for utility vehicles only. One photo turned into several and the seconds ticked by, turning into minutes.
“But I was only going to stay a second,” I told the officer. He smiled and nodded his head. “May I see your licence?”
“You know I’ve lived on this island for a long time,” I stated confidently.
The young officer was polite, secure, and once again offered me a smile as he took the licence from my hand and called in the number. Not in the least intimidating, the young officer apologized for having to check me out for being parked where I was.
“Just doing your job,” I replied.
He nodded and repeated my number to the dispatcher.
“How old are you?” I asked.
“Twenty-one.” He answered.
Geez, what was I doing when I was twenty-one. being stupid that’s what I was doing. And here was this young person, younger than my own children, who had chosen a path requiring maturity, confidence and purpose. I had very little of those qualities when I was that age.
Long story short, I didn’t get a ticket–I did get several photos of that glorious sunset and met an outstanding young person. Life is good.
QUOTE: “Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.” Albert Einstein
WRITING TIP: What is so cool about writing is that you can manipulate your characters without feeling guilty about it.