Mayberry. . .or Cradock?


Last night was one of the funniest memories that Steve and I share as a couple. It may not sound funny at first. . .but believe me. . .it is quite hilarious!


Around 7:45p.m., Steve says to me, "Hey, I'm dying for a Tropical Smoothie--let's go get one". Knowing that they close at 8:00, I started flying down the stairs to grab my coat. On my way down the stairs I heard a gun shot go off. Now, you have to understand that in our neighborhood, or should I say, in our 'hood', we hear those every once in a while. Normally we hear from the police that someone has just decided to shoot off their shot-gun. . .this is Virginia after all! I normally call in the shots to the police--but I was in such a hurry that I forgot.

We grabbed Cali and flew out the door, down our street, and a side-street--totally ignoring a stop sign at the end of the road--it is on a back road, and no one is EVER there. . .and after all. . .we really did not want to miss our Tropical Smoothie. A few moments later, as we were slowing down to actually obey the red light in front of us, we both noticed that a police car was rapidly approaching behind us. Not wanting to be in his way, we tried to quickly move to the side. At the same moment we noticed a police car flying towards us from the other direction and from the sides. We are now boxed in on all sides--with 5 police cars-- and in amazement and unbelief (and I have to admit--because we knew we had done nothing wrong, we also were a little tickled) we watch as three police men draw their guns and hold us at gun-point!!!!! I am not joking!!!!! Our doors were flung open and Steve was dragged one way and Cal and I were dragged another way. I meekly gave my Tropical Smoothie coupon to the officer as he shouts back, "Do you have any guns on you? Why were you speeding out of the neighborhood? Put your hands up! Put them all the way up!!!"

Okay. . .so I am, by this time, putting it together that they think WE are the shooters!!! It did look suspicious, I have to admit. . .gun shots go off, you see a flying car go by, run a stop sign etc...But the moment that they pulled us out of the car. . . and realized that we weren't drunk and we didn't have guns and marijuana in our car and our dog was cowering instead of attacking them and we were talking with proper grammar (never-mind the grammar of this sentence!). . .I think it clicked. . .they had the wrong people!

What was most funny to me was. . .the police-lady pulled me aside and said, "Do you KNOW him?" As if to say, do you realize that you are with a hardened criminal?! I looked at her and said, "YES! That is my sweet husband!!!" Then they proceeded to ask why we ran the stop sign. . .and this is Steve's favorite part of the story. . .I guess I was just so flustered that I responded, "Shoot, girl, we always run that stop-sign!" Well, that's the truth--we do--because no one is ever there! But we will probably observe that stop-sign from now on!

Steve was so nice to the officers. I on the other hand told the police-lady that I was a little taken-back with them drawing guns on us. They were very apologetic and a little tickled themselves--to which I said they had better be sorry since we, by now, had totally missed our Tropical Smoothies!!

It was definitely a night to remember. I felt like it was a scene straight from the Andy Griffith show! Since our adrenaline was at an all time high, we decided that we simply could not just return home empty handed. . .so we did end up with a smoothie from Sonic. I guess I would have to say that this story does beat out Steve's ticket story--his last run-in with the law;) He told the officer that the reason we were speeding was that the truck in front of us smelled like poop. I'm guessing the officer had never heard that excuse before. It was true, though. . .it did smell like what Steve said. . .I LOVE life with Steve! It is so fun! What will happen next? Maybe we will write a book someday. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

20 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you posted the story for all to enjoy! Mark and I had a good laugh last night after I told him...I can't wait to see you all and be face to face with a hardened criminal couple.

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  2. That is HILARIOUS!! I had no idea that you two were Bonnie & Clyde!

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  3. Way, way so funny! I was doing all I could not to laugh here in the office. I'm glad you've got it written down for posterity's sake!

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  4. I am cracking up (quietly it's nap time). Absolutely hysterical Sarah!!! Are you sure you don't live in L.A.? wellll i'lllll be!
    Val

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  5. Tricia2:36 PM

    Wow...

    Quite a night!

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  6. Soooo funny!! I was giggling the whole time I was reading this! The mental image of you two surrounded by police cars with the cops actually thinking that you guys were their criminals is too much :) What an adventurous life you lead!

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  7. Great story! Had a good laugh!

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  8. hehehe. i laughed again as i read your post- of course this would happen to you, sarah! hey, thanks so much for taking care of my little dishelved girl tonight for a bit--- yes, we do need to get together sometime soon. let me know when a good time is for you guys:0

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  9. Sarah, that is the funniest blog post I have read in a long time! I actually saw your status on FB and figured I could probably get more info on your blog!

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  10. great story - a book better be in your future!! oh and I have to say I laughed harder at the "poop" story at the bottom!! hilarious!! :)thanks for the laugh!

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  11. I am just glad they were too busy apologizing and forgot to "warn" or "ticket" us about running the stop sign. Fife would have never overlooked that.

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  12. Cracking up!!!! I have to be quiet about it, though, because I'm at work :) It's never boring for you guys, anyway!

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  13. That's nuts! If only you could have whipped out your camera for a picture of you guys surrounded by cops (sigh). It would've made a great Christmas photo...heehee!

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  14. This story is Hilarious! It reminds me of the time my cousin Meg Tuttle was pulled over at night and cuffed for driving a stolen car.

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  15. Hilarious!! You sure have an exciting life.

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  16. I love this story - I'm glad I heard it directly from the source :) Rob and I had a good laugh about it. You guys really do need to write a book!

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  17. That was good! It reminds us of our seminary days neighborhood! We could tell some stories too (and we do!)

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  18. Wow Sarah, Wow! What a super funny mental picture of you guys being held at gunpoint! Including Cali! Loved the other excuse that Stephen gave about the poop too! Boy, we've never been surrounded by that much drama! Ha!

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  19. OH MY!!!

    I must say, I too have been away from my regular blog stalking and now realize just how much we've been missing!!! I could totally picture the event unfolding. This is a classic! :-)

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