I was halfway through my first blogging challenge and I was stuck on the letter “M.” I know what you are thinking, seems an odd place for a Mum (Mom) to get stuck, but I was. Then the phone rang, and my problem was solved. It was my Mother-in-law (M.I.L.), who retired to Florida a long time ago.
A bit of background – I am really lucky, my M.I.L. is a delightful women, but she is no spring chicken. Without giving away her age, let’s just say she hasn’t been around for part of three centuries. So, M.I.L. rang with a big announcement:
“Guess what, I am now officially a COP”
“You’re a cop?”
“No, it’s not called cop, it is the three letters, C. O. P.”
Going along with her excitement, I enthusiastically added, “Congratulations! What does a C.O. P. do?”
“We patrol the neighborhood. I have a partner and we drive around in an official C.O. P. sheriff’s car with our lights flashing. Our shift is for three hours once per week. We patrol the neighborhood and keep it safe.”
“So, you just drive around? Do you get paid?”
“No, I am a volunteer.”
“Do you get a gun?”
“Do you get a taser?”
“Do you get a flashlight?”
“No, but I get a shirt, dark pants and closed shoes.”
“If you stay in the car. Why do you need special shoes?”
“We don’t only stay in the car. There are lots of snowbirds in this neighborhood who want their house checked, so we take turns getting out and walking around the houses.”
(A snowbird is a term for those who live in Florida only during the winter to escape the snow where they live the rest of the year.)
“Is your partner a young guy?”
“No, she is older than me.”
“Ok, now don’t take offense here, but what are YOU and the other little old lady going to do if you find a bad guy?”
“You mean if we drive by and see someone breaking into the house? Well, I am going to get the hell out of there as fast as I can. Then I can call the real sheriff to deal with it.”
(Borrowing a line from Canny Granny): Go Granny!
Well after we hung up, I realized I forgot to ask M.I.L. what C.O.P. stands for, so I asked my girls instead:
Community Observation Patrol
Crazy old person
Cool old people
Cranky old person
Corpse on patrol
Add your best guess in the comments.
*Disclaimers, MIL is not really THAT old. T-shirt available from Zazzle, poster available at Allposters, just click on either for details.
I am taking the challenge in April.
If You are too, let me know in the comments so I can follow you.
This post is for the letter M.
M is for Mother-In-Law