While we were there, I picked up an unwelcome souvenir - a ticket for running a stop sign.
I'm innocent, I tell you! Sort of.
O.K., I'm guilty, but only by a slight technicality.
I stopped with the nose of my car over the line. Watching diligently over that white line was a diligent policeman, diligent to make his ticket quota.
Oblivious to any living soul driving, he was intent on fenders and wheels doing right.
I pleaded my case...I was from out of state, I didn't know the area, I was trying to find an obscure address, I was in a rental car, there were too many stop signs, how was anyone supposed to get anywhere with all the stopping?!
He didn't acknowledge me in the slightest, just issued my ticket and hollered, "Pay attention!" He left me abruptly to diligently oversee another white line. Oh, for a radar gun to get him for speeding!
That technicality cost me big and put me on alert for the rest of the week.
I am thankful for the experience.
My new parenting tool lately has been: "No Policing!"
It's not good for a family to have everyone looking and waiting for opportunities to give tickets. Yes, sisters will forget to be kind. Yes, brothers will be too rough or accidentally knock down school books. Mother will change plans suddenly and expect the children to be flexible. We are all guilty. But not all guilt is a time to issue decrees and exact fines. It may be a time for GRACE.
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:"
"We are justified freely by His Grace" and so, I tell my loveys "Freely you have received, freely give!"
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8