The lesson I tried to teach, was my lesson to learn...
I want to start by saying that I am so proud of the young man that Karson is becoming. He amazes me everyday with his wit, and wisdom far beyond his almost 9 years.
The story starts about a week ago when I was pulled over for speeding. It had been years since I had been pulled over and I was a little frazzled...not to mention looking like a million bucks. It was one of those days I was lucky to replace my scrubs with jeans before I went to pick Abby up from dance. Anyhoo... I ended up only getting a warning for the speeding, but WAS issued a ticket for not having my registration certificate in the car, and get this...an EXPIRED drivers license. Well tonight was when I was to appear before the judge which is another part to the story because the officer issued the ticket to say that I had NEVER had a license to begin with. OOPS...
So I was able to talk to the prosecuting attorney, I showed him my newly attained current license, and registration cert. He actually said that he had been in my same situation before, and because I brought everything in, he was going to dismiss both of the charges. WONDERFUL!!!!! So as Karson and I are waiting to appear before the judge again for the attorney to dismiss the charges the following conversation takes place.
Karson: Mom, your drivers license WAS expired right?
Mom: Yes Kars, but the attorney was nice enough to let us off the hook, it's okay for him to do that...it's all right.
Karson: Mom, I really think that you need to pay the fine.
Mom (to herself): Are you freakin kidding me? Angel, Devil, Angel, Devil...after a few minutes, and asking Karson if he was sure SEVERAL times (I was actually trying to debate with an almost 9 year old.)
Alright Karson your right, I should pay the fine.
As a side note, I MADE Karson go with me to court for moral support, and to learn what happens when you break laws, and rules. Do ya think I was wishen he stayed home...who's to say, but he taught me a valuable lesson.
So I was called before the judge, and the attorney moved to dismiss the charges, I said "Excuse me your honor, on the advise of my attorney I have decided to plead GUILTY to driving on an expired license, and would like to pay the fine." The judge, prosecuting attorney, balif, clerk, and all others waiting to see the judge burst into laughter. The judge said referring to Karson "That little guy?" I then said "Yes your honor". Smiling, he then ordered me to pay my $30.00 fine and we were on our way.
The moral of this story is...Don't start trying to teach your child a lesson unless your really prepared to follow through. I may be out $30.00 but I am raising a son who will have a great impact on our future. We must be doing something right. I love you Karson! Lesson learned.