Elizabeth Willis Barrett……….February 2016
Well, I’ve had another taste of humble pie. Have you ever tasted it? No? How could I describe it? Bitter? Grainy? Unpalatable? It is thoroughly disgusting. It might taste like crow. I think they’re similar. When it comes to pie, I much prefer coconut cream. Since coconut isn’t allowed in our house because of Brad’s strong aversion to it, I don’t get that kind very often. But apple pie—at least Sam’s Club apple pie with the beautiful pastry lattice work—is a close second if warmed a little and piled with a great vanilla ice cream.
But back to humble pie. I’ve had to eat it a few times lately and I still haven’t developed a taste for it. The last serving came on Friday. Because Brad was so concerned about me after I received the traffic ticket, he was going to be my ally and get to the bottom of Policeman X’s rudeness. He called the commanding officer and a few others at the top. Fortunately, those higher ups were busy and couldn’t get back to him.
Our very good friend Officer B came over, however, taking some valuable time from his beat. All policeman carry video cameras so all of their doings are recorded just for the likes of me. Before Officer B sat at our kitchen table, he had watched the video of the police officer giving me the ticket. I thought, of course, that he would tell me how misused I had been and how sorry he felt for me and that Officer X could have handled things much better.
He didn’t. In fact, he said that he would have done and said the same things if it had been him giving me the ticket, excepting that he would have lightened up a bit just because he knows me. I learned a lot. Because I made such a public fuss and according to Officer B was in the wrong, I feel a need to tell you what Officer B taught me in case an officer stops you on his way to keeping Gilbert safe:
—Most traffic cops give out about 40 tickets a day. I was just one of many.
—Officer X was not upset with me. He was just doing his job.
—He was not rude or overly unpleasant. That was my perception.
—You cannot get out of the car when you’ve been pulled over, even if a grandson is waiting.
—Police also have to protect themselves and don’t know if you are a harmless grandmother or a pistol totin’ one.
—It is routine to do a background check on everyone pulled over.
—Most people do not pull over where the officer tells them to. They try to find a more suitable spot and once in a while that turns out to be a very dangerous place for the officer.
Officer B offered to take me in his patrol car any time I want to get a feel for all a policeman has to contend with. He said a Friday night would be the most exciting. Although a wild police ride would be a unique thing to add to my bucket list, I’m a little too wimpy to schedule it just yet. It was a very generous offer though.
Gilbert Police Force, you’re doing a great job. Carry on! I’ll try to quit impeding your progress. And someone—pass the pie—coconut, please.