Maybe it's the season, maybe it's the holiday spirit that's floating through the air, maybe it's just because I just gorged myself on turkey and potatoes, but I just wanted to say that I'm grateful for family.
Yes, family -- that old tried-and-true institution that picks you up when you're down and keeps you humble when you get your head in the clouds. People who will bend over backwards to help you and will always come through for you. . .even if they shouldn't.
Take Kelli Thompson from Indiana, for example. At 12:45 am on a Saturday morning she needed her family's help. She was pulled over by an Indiana State Trooper because she was driving her minivan a little erratically. The officer found that she was too intoxicated to drive. The problem was, that she had a 1-year-old child in the car (who wasn't intoxicated, but still couldn't drive) and she was charged with speeding, operating while intoxicated and endangering a child, so she needed some help from those closest to her.
She called her husband, Robert Dereamer and he arrived a few minutes later to pick the little boy up and take him home. There was just one problem - he was drunk, too. The keen-eyed officer noticed this and since Dereamer had driven to the location, he, too, was arrested and charged with operating while intoxicated. . . .and driving while suspended.
This didn't solve the baby problem.
So the baby's grandparents showed up a little while later to take the child safely home and, believe it or not, pappy and granny had been hitting the sauce themselves! They were also intoxicated. I guess good sense runs in the family. The old folks were then escorted home by the Schererville Police Department.
Can't wait to see their Christmas Card this year!
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