Sunday, December 18, 2011
What Happens When You Are Listening to Motivational Tapes While Driving
This past weekend was one of those harried, crazy weekends when everything is scheduled at once. We were constantly running and in different directions, the youngest was sick with strep ...you know those days. So Saturday at 7am I am alone in the car heading for a tournament 1 1/2 hours away...a rare treat actually..to be alone in the car for that long all by myself. I was sorting through my Christian CDs and discovered my sons favorite CD he listened to before college ...The Worlds Greatest Speeches Ever Told. I put the tape in and knew why this is his favorite. It is the actual speeches of famous leaders: Churchill, Martian Luther King Jr, JFK, Ronald Reagan, ...and I realize I am hearing greatness! The passion, the motivation, the inspiration of these speeches is powerful...I am paying attention to the drama of the words with my whole being and just happen to glance in the rear view mirror. Flashing lights are not good to see there. He pulls me over and informs me he was behind me for over a mile with his lights flashing while I was going 90 in a 55 zone. I told him about the speeches but he wasn't interested. He comes back with a ticket and tells me this is an automatic suspension of my licence. I started to cry. He asked me did I ever get a ticket before? I told him once 30 years ago. He said, "OK, your record is clean...schedule a hearing and throw yourself at the mercy of the court..." When I got to my destination everyone was asking me what took me so long...when I told them about the ticket and me going 90 they almost had a heart attack. The one coach put his clipboard down and looked at me and said, "YOU, were going g 90 miles and hour?" No one there seemed interested in the speech tape either. At the end of the tournament, I drove three of my boys home in silence...I knew they would love the tape! Not one kid even mumbled! They just listened to every word...while I drove the speed limit...
Posted by Annmarie Pipa at 7:05 PM