Please read - you might learn something valuable -
So I'm at work, just took the first bite of a burger, and the phone rings -
"This is the Lewisville Police - we're with you father - he's lost - looks like he's been driving around in circles trying to find his way home..." (HOLY SHITE!)
"Where is he exactly?"
" The Panda Express at I-35E and Main in Lewisville..." (unfamiliar area)
"OK, can you tell him to stay there and I'll be there in about 30 minutes..."
I google map it and head out - google maps suck big time when construction is going on and I end up going through two zones and get totally lost.
An hour and a half later I locate him in the parking lot - in his van - napping...
"What,s up dad?"
"Oh not much, just trying to find (hwy)121."
"It's just down 35 about 2 miles."
"Well that's what I was trying to find out..."
So I tell him follow me and take it easy.
This turned out to be a very bad idea as traffic was starting build in the DFW main arteries - long story short I ended up stopping twice and and telling him to follow closer - "Lets make it down to Trinity and take it to Hurst - if you figure out where you are and if we get separated head straight to the house..." - an hour later I had no idea where dad went...
I headed to the house - no dad (of course, I'm driving 70 mph)- I was so hyped at this point I started driving around aimlessly, I drive back and there's dad towing the trash bins to the side of the house. - this started at 1:00 - it was now 4:30pm
"How did you get here?"
"They called the police, now dad you've got to stop driving if you can't..." uh oh, he gave me "the look"
with a raised voice "All I did was go to visit the graveyard, I guess I turned the wrong way when I left, I turned down a farm road and went too far and got lost, I asked a woman where hwy 121 was and she didn't know but pointed and said the hwy was that direction (which turned out to be I-35, 12 miles in the wrong direction from home) I got on 35 and headed south, but I pulled over to make sure I was north of 121 - and those little girls in that place called the police. I don't think about me looking like an old man, but they saw an old man and called the police..."
I gave dad a kiss and made sure he made it in the house... the long ride home - I thought a lot...
Mom died last November - they had been married over 65 years... Lord that must be tough.
Dad is 89 - looking forward to his 90th- Oct.30
Later at home I gave more thought -
Did dad know where he was going - yes
Did he get lost - admittedly
Did he ask for directions after he got lost - yes
Did he find his way - he knew where he was when I reached him
Did the little girls at Panda express talk to him or overreact - all they had to say was you are going the right direction, about, 2 miles - but what they saw was an old man and called the police
As a juror of the evidence of what happened to my father today, and his testimony - I have to declare him not guilty.
(now if my sister doesn't call - then he didn't tell her - and we'll both keep our mouths shut - but if she does - holy crap...)