In the Blink of an Eye
In the Blink of an Eye life stories
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In the Blink of an Eye

by johnchang

Headed south to my first duty station,

I had driven most of the day

Now it was late, & a light drizzle made it hard to see much

All I wanted? A warm motel bed in this small Kentucky town

Missing my turn, I made a U-turn..

..and just as quickly those all-too familiar red-blue lights came on in my rearview mirror.

Images of small town cops from movies filled my mind

The officer motioned for me to roll down my window.

"Did you know you made an illegal U-turn back there?"

"Sorry, I was trying to find somewhere to stay.

..Guess it was hard to see the sign."

"License and registration please."

I thought for sure I was done, as I handed my life over.

Visions of spending the night in a dank cell

..(or worse) filled my mind.

"Where you headed, son?"

"..my first duty station - Pensacola - for flight training"

He must've noticed my military ID as I handed him my driver's license.

"Well, be careful, okay? And keep it below 10 miles over..

10 miles over the speed limit - that's the limit."

It wasn't 'til years later that I experienced racism..

..guess where?

In San Diego of all places!

Just goes to show you..

How our ideas can change.. in the blink of an eye!

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johnchangBronze Commajust a man discovering his superpowers
a year agoReply
@michaelschulze - sometimes I wonder what can be avoided if we didn't jump to conclusions..

a year agoReply
Well all have pree conceived ideas witch when tested can go ithere way a nice reminder not to jump to conclusions

johnchangBronze Commajust a man discovering his superpowers
a year agoReply
Thanks @bernardtwindwil - life is full of ironies!

bernardtwindwilGold CommaGranddad & story teller, tomthepo8.com
a year agoReply
This was another mexcellent lesson/story/moral fable. I loved this one too.