Sometimes things happen in life that make you go hmmmmm. You know what I am talking about. Things that seem a little off or odd. Things that are a bit out of place. Things that just don’t make sense at the time.
Last week when Ann and I started to head home from our road trip to Tennessee to see Sean of the South aka Sean Dietrich we encountered one of these exact moments. We had just pulled onto 40 headed home and had only gone a little ways when we noticed four police cars with lights flashing on the right side of the road. As we got closer they moved.
The four police cars got on the interstate and quickly positioned themselves. One car in each of the four lanes just a couple of cars in front of us. They slowed the traffic down to between 5 and 10 miles an hour. I whined. I sighed. I drove slowly. And I wondered.
What was going on? Why did they synchronize and slow traffic to a crawl on a Sunday morning? Was there an accident? Was there a wide load? Or perhaps a car that they wanted to isolate from the rest of the traffic?
I will never know. What I do know is that in another 5 or so miles the scenario changed and the police cars left and sped off allowing the rest of the traffic to flow as normal. Weird, huh?
I think there is a lesson to be learned in this. What is that lesson, you may ask? Slow down. We are all going at breakneck speed some days and it is good to slow down and enjoy the ride without whining. That day I was happy to have my friend with me to enjoy the trip and I realized that that little slow down was, for whatever reason, all part of the day, part of the story and part of allowing me to realize that every minute is precious.
If you have ever had a similar experience or know the answer to why the police orchestrated this slow down I would love to hear all about it in the comments. Leave me a comment and remember that every comment made on the blog this month means a 50 cent donation to our Comments for a Cause – Diaper Bank of North Carolina.
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Good morning Beth! Happy Monday! My guess is there was a motorcade entering the highway ahead of you and security was keeping you back.
Interesting for sure. Stuff like this makes me wonder for a while trying to figure out why. Sounds like you had a lovely weekend though.
That one was something to scratch your head over and wonder why. I haven’t a clue.
I have never seen this done before. Interesting. You did have a good thought, I think it is our Lord telling us to slow down and enjoy our days.
I think the local police had a bet to see how many people would blog, tweets, Facebook and wonder. Power is heady. (Hahaha!)
I’ve never seen the police do this, but in construction zones, sometimes truckers will drive side by side because impatient drivers like to try to pass on the right or on the berm and then cut ahead of the slower traffic.