I had a planned post for today but instead I'm going to share with you how I almost lost my licence for a month this morning on the way between kinder and school. Such an innocent simple little drive I take every week - but today it taught me a rather big and uncomfortable lesson.
I was speeding *hangs head in shame* Monday mornings are always a little on the manic side around here. The kinder drop off is at 8.45am and after a few minutes settling the middle pink into an activity we dash off to drive about 8kms back out into the country to the biggest pinks school. This usually involves some very quick maneuvers to get the littlest pink into her car seat and a well paced drive which usually gets us to school just in time to throw lunch boxes, drink bottles and reader bags into their tubs before the bell goes for assembly. Today the kinder doors did not get opened until after 8.50am - gulp.
I remember looking at Blue Bessie's clock (that's our family car) and seeing that it was already 8.55am when we got back in. I can also remember seeing the 80km 'slowing down please' sign as we scooted through the paddocked roads on our way to school and actually thinking 'it won't matter we're not even in town yet'. And just as this thought floated out of the other side of my mind I remember seeing the flickering of lights behind me. It did matter!
As two little pinks sat in the back seat the nice officer told mummy off for speeding so much she may well have lost her licence for a month. He patiently explained how much more important it is to arrive safely than on time - especially with children in the car. And then he dropped his bombshell by asked me who was going to take the children to school tomorrow as mummy may well not be driving for the next month. By this stage my heart was sinking slowly slowly down to my shoes and my eyes beginning to brim with hot shame filled tears.
Whether the nice officer felt sorry for me or was just in a really good mood following a nice morning at home before his drive to work I'll never know but he let me off with a warning. He told me to go home and sit and have a very good think about what I'd done and I looked up at him with my big sad tear filled eyes and told him I would. (Does a blog post count Mr Officer?).
Speeding is dumb. Speeding with kids in your car is even dumber.