“If life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”
This works literally and figuratively: Making lemonade from my cousin’s Lisbon lemons is marvelous, and choosing to learn from the challenges of our road trip instead of get mad about them is a productive way to live.
In Nevada, with hours to drive on the open road, I thought I could use the “drive ten over” miles per hour rule. So with a little thought, I set cruise control at 85 mph and just sailed.
Until I saw a state trooper pull behind me! It was near Lovelace, NA where there’s a prison. Once I saw the officer, I slammed on the breaks to get back to the speed limit of 75 mph and pulled over to the other lane, on case he wanted to pass me.
The State Trooper stayed behind me for a minute and then, turned on his flashing lights, indicating for me to pull over. My heart started pounding, my mind calculating: “I can’t afford a ticket; besides that, I’ve never gotten a speeding ticket!!” My hands found my license and insurance.
The friendly Trooper came to my window and asked, “Did you know you were going 85mph and the speed limit is 75mph?”
Hanging my head and being repentant, I said, “Yes.” I admitted my wrong, was respectful, and told him we had many miles to go.
The Trooper looked us over, handed back my license, and said, “I’m giving you a warning, and watch your speed.”
My response: “Thank you so much, Officer!!”
My heart still pounded as he walked away, and I stared, wide-eyed at my traveling buddies, and we rejoiced!
I drove slower the rest of the way home.
Getting pulled over was a lemon, but through being alert, respectful, and repentant, the lemon taught me a lesson without being too sour.
Drive safely this weekend. 🙂
By M. H. Campbell