“Mom,” he said, “there’s a police officer outside the house.”
Curious, I went downstairs to see what was happening outside. I live in a very quiet, suburban neighborhood, where a lot of nothing happens. But what my son meant was that there was a police officer at our front door! My heart started beating faster as I opened the door.
“Can I help you?” I said.
I hadn’t heard a siren and the light wasn’t flashing on the top of his car. What was wrong? Did something happen with one of the neighbors?
He said, “I found this on the sidewalk in Sea Cliff and it has your name on it.”
Oh shit. What did I do? What was he handing me?
“Did you write this check?” he said.
A check? Did I write a bad check?
I took the check he was handing me and looked down at it. I had indeed written this and given it to somebody the day before.
“Um, yes,” I said. (As you can see, first thing in the morning I’m loquacious and bodacious in my verbal skills!)
I felt the blood pounding in my ears as I looked back down at the check.
“They must have dropped it,” he said.
I don’t know why, but I blushed as I looked up at the tall uniformed police officer.
“You drove from Sea Cliff all the way to my house, to give me a check that you found on the sidewalk?” I said.
He said, “I thought it was the easiest way to get it back to you.”
“Um, thanks.” I said (still astounding everyone with my verbal skills).
“No problem,” he said, “Have a nice day.”
And he turned and went back to his police car. I closed the door and faced the group of pajama’d teenagers who were now clustered behind me, trying to hear what was going on.
“He drove from Sea Cliff to our house, to give me a check I had written to somebody yesterday, which they had apparently dropped on the sidewalk.”
There was a moment of silence as we all just stood there taking it in.
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