Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Fighting Crime

I'm not a superhero but I used to play them in role-playing games.

This weekend, while we were driving in Elkhart, we saw a moped tipped over in the middle of the street. A car was backing away from it onto a side street. It paused for a moment, and then turned around and took off in the opposite direction. The driver of the moped was getting up off the ground. As we pulled up, I rolled the window down and asked him if that car had hit him. He said it had. So, I turned down the side street and followed the escaping vehicle. After a couple of twists and turns, the car accelerated well past the speed limit toward the direction from which we had come. We caught up with it at a traffic light and took down its license plate number. Whereas some of my superhero characters would have lifted the car and flown it to police headquarters, we simply pulled into the nearest parking lot and called the police. When they arrived, we gave them our information and went home. I felt good that we had done the right thing, despite the lack of super powers.

Setting an example for Sera is becoming very important to me, but it is hard work. It has made me think twice about my actions many, many times since we came back from China. For the most part I'm satisfied that I do well, but this process has really opened my eyes about some of my behavior and I'm working to change it.

1 comment:

Marcia said...

That's an amazing story! I'm so glad you got the bad guy! I'm also sorry that you weren't able to use any super powers...that sucks!