Wasn’t Saturday beautiful? I got up and went over to Searcy to Lowe’s and bought flowers and vegetables to start working in the dirt. Now those of you who know me and have followed my column know that around this time of year I like to start getting busy in the dirt. Planting flowers and vegetables is like therapy for me. I always say that working in the dirt has saved me millions in psychiatric bills. When something is on my mind I have two therapies, dirt therapy and kitchen therapy. I either get in the dirt and plant things or I get in the kitchen and cook things. This weekend I got in the dirt! I still have flowers I didn’t get planted but they will soon.
On my way home from Searcy I drove by a White County police officer (and wish I could remember his name). I was on the phone with a friend of mine and was holding my phone so I could still have both hands on the wheel. He pulls out and pulls me over and I’m like I wasn’t speeding what’s the deal with this? The officer walked up asked if I knew why he stopped me and I said, “Not a clue.” He asked was I texting and driving and I honestly said no sir, I was on the phone because my friend who had called is in a nursing home and when she called I answered. I also told him I was holding my phone so I could keep my hand on the wheel. He then told me that I was wearing my seatbelt illegally. (I have the shoulder strap tucked behind me because it chokes me if I wear it normally). Then he proceeded to tell me to scoot closer to the belt buckle of the seatbelt and asked me to unlock my door (it wasn’t locked). I open my door and he sticks his head in to show me that my shoulder strap is adjustable because there is a track there to do so. I gotta be honest. I was so impressed with how this officer acted towards me that I just had to mention it in this column. Officers get so much bad press but I know that most of them are really trying to “protect and serve” and unfortunately don’t get recognized for the good that they do every day. We take for granted the things they may face that we will never have to because they do their job.
Some of you may know this but I am that person who is quick to praise someone when they do a good job or go out of their way to help others. It is so easy to jump on the bash bandwagon and I’ve been on the receiving end of being bashed many times. If only we were just as quick to jump on the praise bandwagon what a better world we might live in. Don’t you agree? Give it a try and see!
By the way I didn’t get a ticket or a warning, after speaking with me and showing me how to make my shoulder strap where it fit me perfectly, he didn’t even run my license. As I drove off I thought y’know he really did “Protect and Serve” me today. He protected me by fixing that shoulder strap and served me at the same time. Great work officer!
Sheriff Chris Brown held a town hall forum on Friday night and invited area School Board Superintendents, Police Chiefs, Mayors and School Resource Officers to serve as a panel. If you were unable to attend there will be more Facebook posts on The Sun Times Facebook page as well as on our website soon so watch for them.
School safety is an important issue and of late people have been needing a way to express concerns. This was one such way to handle this. My one disappointment is that much of what was discussed on Friday night never touched on the real issues here. Parents have got to be parents and stop trying to be their children’s friends. Parenting is hard work but you have to be tough sometimes and be the parent and guide children and help them make good decisions and choices and when they have problems get them help and be there. You don’t have to have lots of “things” or money to be a successful parent. You do, however have to be there.
Until next time...