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The speeding ticket
a long look at his speedometer before slowing down:73
in a 55 zone.. Fourth time in a month. How could a
guy get caught so often?
When his car had slowed to 10 miles an hour, Jack pulled over,
but only partially..
Let the cop worry about the potential traffic hazard.. Maybe some
car will tweak his backside with a mirror.. The cop was stepping
out of his
car, the big pad in hand.. Bob? Bob from Church? Jack
sunk farther into his
trench coat. This was worse than the coming ticket.. A
Christian cop catching a
guy from his own church. A guy who happened to be a little
eager to get
home after a long day at the office. A guy he was
about to play golf
out of the car, he approached a man he saw every Sunday,
a man he'd never seen in uniform.. "Hi, Bob. Fancy
meeting you like this."
"Hello, Jack." No smile.. "Guess you caught me red-handed
in a rush to see
my wife and kids." "Yeah, I guess." Bob seemed
uncertain. Good.. "I've
seen some long days at the office lately.. I'm afraid I bent the
bit-just this once. " Jack toed at a pebble on the pavement..
"Diane said something
about roast beef and potatoes tonight. Know what I mean?"
"I know what you mean.
I also know that you have a reputation in our precinct."
Ouch. This was not going in
the right direction. Time to change tactics.. "What'd you
clock me at?" "Seventy. Would you
sit back in your car please?"
"Now wait a minute here, Bob. I checked as soon as I
saw you. I was
barely nudging 65. " The lie seemed to come easier with
every ticket.. "Please, Jack, in the
car." Flustered, Jack hunched himself through the still-open
Slamming it shut, he stared at the dash board. He was in no
open the window.. The minutes ticked by. Bob scribbled away
on the pad..
Why hadn't he asked for a driver's license? Whatever the reason,
be a month of Sundays before Jack ever sat near this cop again..
A tap on the door jerked his
head to the left. There was Bob, a folded paper in hand.. Jack
rolled down the window a mere
two inches, just enough room for Bob to pass him the slip..
could not quite keep the sneer out of his voice.. Bob returned to
police car without a word.. Jack watched his retreat in the
unfolded the sheet of paper.. How much was this one going to
cost? Wait a minute.. What was this? Some kind of
joke? Certainly not a
ticket.. Jack began to read: "Dear Jack, Once upon a time I
daughter. She was six when killed by a car.. You guessed it - a
speeding driver. A
fine and three months in jail, and the man was free.. Free to hug
daughters. All three of them.. I only had one, and I'm
going to have to
wait until Heaven before I can ever hug her again.. A thousand
tried to forgive that man. A thousand times I thought I had..
did, but I need to do it again.. Even now. Pray for me..
And be careful..
My son is all I have left.. "Bob"
turned around in time to see Bob's car pull away and head
down the road.. Jack watched until it disappeared. A full
15 minutes later, he
too, pulled away and drove slowly home, praying for forgiveness
hugging a surprised wife and kids when he arrived..
Life is precious. Handle it with care..
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