Dare to keep your head on straight

4 Apr


You know what they say about children of police officers- they are either one extreme or the other. They listen to the angel or the devil on their shoulder. I (mostly) listened to the angel. To put it bluntly, I was kind of a goody two shoes when I was younger. This is a story about a few kids who listened to Jiminy Cricket’s alter-ego.

My dad was a cop a couple of towns over from where I grew up. He taught DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) to the middle school there as part of his role with the department. This had some perks for us, one was being able to go to conferences. Honestly, he probably hated these annual events, but my brother, sister and I loved them. We became friends with other kids and had the run of the hotel while our parents attended sessions or did whatever they do when they don’t have to worry about their kids (remember this was the 80s- nobody was too concerned about us being snatched).

I was always the babysitter. I organized arts and crafts and made decent cash corralling the younger kids into one room or another while we avoided the structured activities. One time I volunteered to be the DARE bear. This involved wearing complete bear costume and a T-shirt promoting drug abstinence. Maybe I was a nerd. Okay, I was definitely a nerd.

I strutted around that hotel taking pictures with little kids who followed me around like I was the Pied Piper. Then it happened. A group of boys, probably a year or two older than I was at the time, came up and grabbed the head to the costume. I stood there in the bear suit in shock while they ran around the hotel playing keep-away with my pride. I eventually  retreated to a room with my tail literally between my legs and the head was recovered by one parent or another on their way to the complimentary bar- probably not without a few jokes of their own.

It was then I knew, even when things seem to be going right, even when you are on top of the world and everyone thinks you are leading the parade, hold on to your head… or something like that. Just keep yourself in check, okay??

PS- I tried to find a photo to accompany this post with no luck. I’m sure you can use your imaginations. 

Today was Day Four (or Day D) of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge

And in honor of Theme Thursday:

Dashing around the hotel like we owned the digs

Adored by the children who thought my costume was true

Ripped down from pedestal 

Ego all bruised and blue. 

Hoping you’ll follow me on Bloglovin or Twitter! New friends make me happy!

Kate sig

41 Responses to “Dare to keep your head on straight”

  1. dee April 4, 2013 at 7:46 am #

    Aww poor you. This was an entertaining post that indeed made me use my imagination. 🙂

  2. sheethal April 4, 2013 at 9:01 am #

    Nice post. 🙂 beautifully written.

  3. sincerelyshannonblog April 4, 2013 at 10:25 am #

    I remember DARE- Sadly I don’t think they do that program in schools anymore. Great D-Day post.

    • Another Clean Slate April 4, 2013 at 11:12 am #

      Thanks Shannon!

    • Gemma April 4, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

      Is this an American thing? I’ve never heard of it before this. Very entertaining!

      • Gemma April 4, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

        Oops. Sorry. I gave you somebody else’s website. Don’t want to take credit for something that isn’t mine. It’s really good though, so you should read that one! 🙂

      • Another Clean Slate April 4, 2013 at 2:47 pm #

        I think it depends on the schools! Thanks Gemma!

  4. Lucy Ball (@LucyBall15) April 4, 2013 at 10:52 am #

    That sucks! You know, I feel like that too. Just when you think everything is going well, BOOM. I’m a little suspicious when things are going too well.

    • Another Clean Slate April 4, 2013 at 11:11 am #

      My boyfriend thought this was a metaphor for him blowing my birthday. I told him I wrote it beforehand, but maybe i should have gone with it…

      • aleasa April 4, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

        YES! You definitely should have kept that going! LOL!

  5. JennSomethingClever April 4, 2013 at 11:42 am #

    Wow, you had a COMPLETELY different DARE experience than I did, hahaha

  6. All My Happy Endings April 4, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

    Hi there! I have ventured over from Linkin’ With My Ladies. I am co-hosting this month and I just wanted to thank you for participating! Love your blog! XOXO, Mandi @ All My Happy Endings

  7. Peet April 4, 2013 at 12:37 pm #

    “…this was the 80s- nobody was too concerned about us being snatched.”:D Although it’s funny, it’s pretty messed up how the world has changed… Great post, I liked reading it!;) And I like the challenge too, what a cool idea!!

    • Another Clean Slate April 4, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

      The world has DEFINITELY changed. I can’t imagine too many parents are letting their kids run rampant in hotels in strange cities now.

  8. treadmillconfessions April 4, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

    that sounds like a nightmare–stinkin’ boys. Man, all boys were a nightmare… and then sometime–almost overnight –they became cute, and not so-bad.

  9. Cath Smith April 4, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

    Great D-Day story – I think we’ve all had experiences like that from time to time… what counts is that you can laugh about them afterwards 🙂 (Love the Theme Thursday poem too!)

  10. The Insomniac's Dream April 4, 2013 at 2:53 pm #

    An entertaining read. I love your poem at the end, clever and well written. You did a good job of combining A to Z and Theme Thursday (not always an easy task to combine to challenges)

  11. Dana April 4, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

    Way to stay a step aHEAD of the game by writing two posts in one. Too bad you don’t have a photo; I’m sure you were beary cute:)

    • Another Clean Slate April 4, 2013 at 4:16 pm #

      My mom was here last night and said she might try to dig one up. She did not recall this traumatic incident.

  12. The Next Step April 4, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

    Poor little headless bear. Funny that I am reading this today, since my 3yo just said, “Can I have dat? Can I take his head off? PLEASE??” when she saw an Ewok on Return of the Jedi for the first time. I was baffled. Now I’m starting to wonder if she isn’t walking down the path of those boys and listening to the wrong shoulder-gremlin.

    • Another Clean Slate April 4, 2013 at 4:18 pm #

      You have some time to straighten her out. I believe they were around 13 and I bet their moms encouraged Rambo and Barbie’s mutilations.

  13. running mama April 4, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

    Awesome! I loved D.A.R.E. it’s where I learned all about drugs. What I wanted to try and what I would NEVER try. Probably not what they were going for…

  14. Tracy Moore April 4, 2013 at 5:11 pm #

    What a cute story. Love the way you wrote this…it was easy for me to see it unfold in my mind’s eye. Thanks for sharing!

  15. megan April 4, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

    Loved the way you wrote this post. Thanks for sharing. I was part of DARE too.

  16. I Don't Go to the Gym April 4, 2013 at 8:38 pm #

    Cute story, thanks for sharing! New follower from the bloglovin’ hop! Would love you to join our hop too at http://www.idontgotothegym.com 🙂

  17. SmartSavvyStyle April 4, 2013 at 10:13 pm #

    haha, this story cracked me up. I remember the DARE days! Do you remember McGruff? I saw him on a sign recently and was shocked he was still around!
    – Heather

  18. Sharon April 5, 2013 at 2:57 am #

    I enjoyed reading your posts.

    Good luck with the rest of the challenge. I will be back.

  19. Elliot B. April 5, 2013 at 11:32 am #

    Can you at least look back on it now and laugh? That would be the important part. I definitely remember the DARE days. Funny post 🙂
    We Are Adventure

  20. lisanewlin April 6, 2013 at 12:37 am #

    Who knew you could literally lose your head at a DARE convention? I hope those mean boys didn’t use the bear head to somehow do drugs. That would be the ultimate contradiction.

    I’m glad the head was recovered. It sounds like your pride? Not so much.

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