I couldn’t locate the cash box anywhere in the house. And it was driving me crazy. After looking in everyone’s closet and in the basement, I decided it was either loaned out or simply stolen.
I needed more tables. The tables set up in the garage were already filled with old board games, decorations, bedding, clothes and knick-knacks.
And soccer practice started at 6 p.m.
Dinner had to be made. Dishes had to be washed. The cats needed fed. You name it, it needed to be done.
Add into that the twins were talking to me non-stop all day about the impending garage sale.
“What time does it start?” “Can we make muffins to sell?” “I don’t want to sell my toys, but can I still keep some money?” “What if no one comes?”
I was beyond stressed out and my mind was literally spinning in 100 damn directions.
“Let’s go NOW,” I screamed to my 14-year-old son.
And off we went to soccer practice 4 miles always, my spinning mind and all. The fact is, we left the house early. We had plenty of time to make it to the soccer fields.
But I was in a hurry.
Driving down the road, my mind wasn’t on the drive at all. I wasn’t paying attention at all. I make the 4 mile drive to the community park, once, if not twice per day. I was driving on auto-pilot.
But then I saw the lights go off … and out of the corner of my eye, I saw a finger pointing to me to pull over immediately.
I was caught.
Nearly 1.5 miles from my house, a county sheriff pulled me over.
“I clocked you going 68 miles per hour …” he told me.
I couldn’t even complain as my mind was still racing about what else I had to do that evening for the garage sale.
Digging through my purse, I found my driver’s license and then by some grace of God, I actually put the insurance card in my van the day before, so I pulled that out along with the registration papers.
I have lived in the same county for 16 years and have never had so much as a parking ticket.
My only response was, “Yup, OK. Sorry.”
I know I looked like a trainwreck. I had Jazzercised that morning, and taking a shower was an afterthought to getting the sale ready. I didn’t care how I looked.
Maybe that actually helped my cause? You know the look – hair pulled over with a clip, yoga pants on, coupled with a work-out tank and gym shoes, all sans makeup. I may have had deodorant on, but who knows. Thank God I tossed on my prescription sunglasses – I am required by the State of Ohio to wear glasses due to my poor vision that over the years has worsened due to being pregnant with the kid(s) I taxi all over the place. So, I actually had on two pairs of sunglasses – my Dollar Tree pair on the top of my head and the $100 pair covering my eyes.
I was a hot mess.
As I sat in the car, looking at my teenage son, I saw the sheriff sitting in his car too. He was running my plates through the system. I knew he’d find nothing on me since I am boring-stay-at-home-mom-turned-taxi-service-in-the-summer.
Making his way back to my vehicle, I knew I was gonna get a lecture about safe driving. I was right. “Doesn’t it bother you when drivers speed down this road? And you have kids! It bothers me and you live on this road, just like me!”
The truth is, yes, it bothers me a lot when motorists speed down my road. But, on the flip side, my kids don’t play in or even near the road. I am more worried about a driver losing control and hitting a tree head on than hitting a kid. I dread the day when I hear a crash only to run out to my front yard to find someone incapacitated. That scares me. That bothers me.
Thankfully, the sheriff only gave me a warning. But it was a warning that changed my life. Ever since that day, I have set my speedometer on 55 miles per hour. I’d rather be late than get pulled over again. It’s just not worth it.