I’m rarely a good citizen.
Sure, I pay my taxes and vote my conscience and smile at senior citizens, but beyond that, I’m really pretty self-absorbed.
I don’t recycle.
I don’t pick up enough random garbage.
I don’t carpool. (Although sometimes Brian gives me a piggyback ride from upstairs to my home office…. Does that count?)
So I’m pitifully behind the times in fulfilling my part in the greater good.
Yesterday, I was Mrs. Crime Stopper extraordinaire, a super sneaky neighborhood watchdog.
So here’s what happened. I observed some criminal activity. This has been going on for a week or two and since I’ve seen other people around said criminal activity, I confess that I thought they would do something about it.
But it continued.
So yesterday, in my super stealth detective way, I jotted down a license plate number of one of the participants and called the non-emergency police line.
“I have a clue!” I said, super excited.
“I’m sorry, ma’am?”
“Oh sorry. I have a clue about some bad stuff happening and I know who’s doing it and I have their license plate and I’m calling because I’m a good citizen!”
She seemed very excited and immediately transferred me to someone’s voicemail.
Well, that certain someone called me back and I filled him in on all my great detective work.
And guess what he said?
He said, “Ma’am we’ve been looking for some people, and I think you just helped us find them.”
I was thrilled. My chest puffed out. My grin widened.
I wanted to ask if I get anything for my good deed. Like one of those cool Sheriff stars to pin on my shirt or maybe a reward or a meeting with the mayor or something…
“So have a nice day, ma’am. And thanks for calling.”
Wait! Wait! But… is that it? No star? Reward? No small press conference? I could totally be ready in 15 minutes to talk to any one of the news stations.
So dear friends, as I thought about this travesty, I couldn’t help but wonder if there are others of you out there, other unsung heroes who have gone unnoticed. Everything inside of me rose up as I imagined that I might not be alone. What about my friends? What about all their good deeds?
Well, since I’m in the mood of righting wrongs, I just want you to know that I celebrate you today. All of you unsung community heroes — you recyclers and carpoolers, you snitches, neighborhood watchdogs and random garbage-picker-uppers—I see you! I celebrate you!
You rock and I am singing your tune this very second!
WAY TO GO!
Now get out there and keep saving the world….