This happened just a few miles from our cabin. My daughter is not driving yet, but that day is not far off, and I'm worried that she might not have had the confidence to question someone in uniform like that. That maybe she'd think she'd be in trouble if she didn't do exactly what he said.
I think it's important to talk to our kids about incidents like this and to let them know that it's OK to "go with their gut" - to trust their instincts and get themselves out of a situation if something doesn't feel right. I want my kids to know that even if they did leave the scene and it turned out it HAD been a real cop, we would stand behind them - much better that they are safe and alive! (I would tell my kids that if they did drive away to call 911 immediately and tell the operator what they're doing and why, and then to turn on their emergency blinkers and drive straight to the nearest police station).
It's a scary world out there - it's important that our kids know that they can question something that doesn't seem right and not be "in trouble" for doing so.
23 June 2013
13 July 2012
We girls had always said that one day we would come back, and bring our families with us. (This was, of course, before any of us had families, and before some of us had even met our future husbands!)
This year we made that dream come true. Not everybody made it - one of us girls had an incredible job opportunity come up and couldn't go at the last minute, and not all of the husbands and kids were there - but we had a huge group of 6 of the original 7 friends and seven family members.
We had the best time! We fell right back into comfortable old friendships, and did many of the things we had always dreamed of doing "someday" with our kids in tow.
Financially, this was not a good time for my family to be making such an expensive trip - but really, for most families, when is a good time? Years and years could go by and there would always be something that seemed more important to spend your money on than jaunting off to Europe with old friends.
My advice - just do it. There will never be a "perfect" time, and if you wait too long it will be too late, and then instead of beautiful new memories you'll have only regrets. The bit of belt-tightening we'll have to do now is nothing in comparison to the fantastic trip of a lifetime with my old friends and my darling family!
Below, photo of the friends that was a bit blurry, so I made it into a "watercolor" on Photoshop, then made it into a greeting card on Shutterfly! Fun, huh?
Posted by WhitePineLane at 6:36 PM
05 October 2011
“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” -Steve Jobs
Rest in Peace, Steve. Thanks for following your heart.
15 September 2011
Phantasmagorical Fog Over Log Lake. You don't think it's too big of stretch to make the alliteration, do you?
Posted by WhitePineLane at 10:52 PM