Here There and Everywhere

Expat wanderer

Oklahoma Speed Trap

I was driving near sunset along the major east-west interstate highway in Oklahoma, with my son, sound alseep beside me. It was a gorgeous evening, and I had driven all day but wasn’t tired. Driving conditions were excellent all day, and I was so thankful. Perfect time for prayer. So I was praying all kinds of thanks when I hear a siren and see the lights in my rear view mirror.

I pulled over, not without reluctance. I had just made it past a whole line of big trucks.

“Lady, didn’t you see me??” the State Patrolman asked.

“No, I didn’t, where were you?” I asked.

“I was between those trucks you whizzed by! I can’t believe you didn’t see me! What were you thinking?”

I felt really sheepish. “I was praying,” I said, hoping the cop was feeling kind-hearted.

He wasn’t.

For the only time in my life, I had to leave my car and go sit in the highway patrol car while he ran my license and my son’s car license plates. As we waited for the results, he kept asking me questions.

“Where are you going?”
“We’re driving back home from my son’s college.”
“Where’d he go to school?”
“Florida”
“And where are you going?”
“Home” (A Western state)

(How long can it take to run plates and a driver’s license???)

“What year is he?”
“He just graduated.”
“What did he graduate in?”

I felt so humiliated. Tears started running down my face. I could see my son watching me in the rearview mirror.

“Criminology” I sobbed.

True story. Our plates and license came back clean, but it didn’t make any difference. It was the most expensive speeding ticket I have ever had to pay.

October 2, 2006 Posted by | Family Issues, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Dolphins in the Gulf

For the years that we have been living in the Gulf, we have heard people talk about seeing dolphins, but we have never seen any. Most people say “we used to see dolphins.”

My husband and I pray together every morning before he leaves for work. This morning, as we were discussing my father and my upcoming trip home, before praying, he said “are there dolphins in Kuwait?”

“What a weird question in the middle of all the serious things we are talking about, ” I thought to myself, and asked him why he asked that.

“It must be a log,” he responded, “but I am watching something appear and re-appear, and it reminds me of a dolphin.”

We got the binos, and to our unimaginable delight, it was a pair of dolphins, lazily swimming along, grazing on the fish who have been jumping the last few days.

In the midst of sadness and daily responsibilities, God smiles. It felt like such a blessing, seeing these graceful creatures going about their dolphin business. Our scripture readings for today remind us that there are miracles happening all around us, if we have the eyes to see them. We had a little miracle this morning. Thanks be to God!

October 2, 2006 Posted by | Family Issues, Kuwait, Middle East, Spiritual, Uncategorized | 3 Comments