Sunday, July 23, 2006
Baby's First Brush with the Law
I like to think of myself as a good, law-abiding citizen. All of that was called into question, though, on our next-to-last day on vacation, when our entire family, as well as some family friends, were pulled over by the Boat Police. That's right, we're criminals. And worst of all, my 8-month-old daughter is now a criminal too.
It all seemed innocent enough. One of my father's friends offered to take us all out on the lake in a boat that he had borrowed from one of his old college buddies. We thought it would be great--a nice relaxing afternoon, tubing for Kristin and Ben, and Brynie's first boat ride. We had only been out for about 10 minutes, though, when a boat sped toward us, equipped with flashing red and blue lights.
We had apparently committed several violations. First of all, there were 10 of us on the boat, but only 7 life jackets. Secondly, apparently the boat had an expired registration. And third, worst of all, apparently all children under the age of 6 are required to wear little baby lifejackets at all time, not just have them present on board like the grownups. That's right, Brynie got her very own citation.
So this smear on her record has probably ruined her chances at future world domination. Even worse, she seems to have developed a taste for danger, as she has now started filching things from public places. The day after her first run-in with the law, we got her all the way up to our room before we realized that she was protectively clutching another small child's toy, which she had picked up in the pool. Yesterday, as we loaded her back into her carseat after a dinner stop on our way home, we saw that she had stolen a piece of silverware from the restaurant. Sure, these things might seem small, but we worry that they are a slipperly slope to thievery. Probably now no one will want to have us over for play dates, since she will clearly be a bad influence on other children, what with her criminal record and all. Do you think she still stands a chance at growing into an upstanding citizen if we enroll her in extensive therapy now? :)