But all in all, life was good.
Life didn’t feel good for Lisa Harrison this morning. She was ten minutes late for work as her new puppy, Cuddles had crapped all over her rug just as Lisa was about to leave for work. Lisa knew that if she didn’t clean up the mess immediately her rug would likely feature a permanent, brown stain. The rational thing to do was to put her purse and attache case down and to start cleaning up the mess. And Lisa Harrison was above all things a rational person. She was the boss. She could be ten minutes late or two hours late and there was no one at work she would need to answer to. But Lisa Harrison was also a very competitive person and liked to think that she could beat the clock if she put her mind to it. If she just drove a bit faster than was her norm or made a few more lane changes, (Lisa hated making lane changes by the way) she figured that she could make up for the ten minutes spent cleaning up the dog poo.
Lisa would probably have been right if she hadn’t been stopped by a police officer.
“In a bit of a hurry this morning, mam, are we?” asked the officer.“Yes, I have some important meetings scheduled for this morning officer. Was I driving beyond the speed limit?” asked Lisa trying to appear friendly and unfazed.
“Yes, you were mam, by about twelve kilometres. And I noticed that you had a close call with another vehicle right after your last lane change,” said the officer taking out his book of traffic citations. “Say, aren’t you Lisa Harrison, the executive director of The House of Hope?”
“Yes, I am. How did you know?” asked the officer.
“Well, it wasn’t that difficult to figure out, actually. I noticed that your license plate reads House of Hope 1 and I’ve been called to your facility a couple of times this year. Look you do a lot of great work in this city. If it wasn’t for you guys I don’t know how many more jails and mental hospitals this town would need to build. I understand that you must be under a lot of pressure so I’m going to let you off with a warning this time.”
“Oh, thank you officer and if it wasn’t for the great work the police do we wouldn’t feel very safe at The House of Hope,” said Lisa.
“Speaking of danger I heard that there was a resident found dead a couple of days ago,” said the police officer.
“Well, as much as we’d like to, we can’t save everybody.”
“The police know that only two well mam. Have a good day.”