This is a special memory from my own childhood.
The only thing worse than being an adult and seeing a police car in your rear view mirror is being 7 and turning around and seeing a police car out the back window. Panic really takes over if you have just thrown your Icicle Freezer Pop wrapper out the window and it now stuck on the windshield of that police car.
My Mom had gotten it for me as a special treat before we set out on a long drive. Like many of my childhood memories there are pieces missing. I don’t know where we were going or why and I don’t remember ever getting there. I do remember that is was a beautiful sunny day and I certainly remember my mom yelling at me not to throw my wrapper out the window just as I let it go. It was then that I turned and saw the police car. Moments later, I heard the siren – although by that time my mother was screaming at me so loudly that it is amazing I could hear anything! I was in big trouble.
If I thought my mother was scary, she was nothing compared to that police officer who in my mind was at least 10 feet tall and very intimidating. He had taken the wrapper off his windshield before walking up to our car. I remember his face in the window holding the wrapper with his thumb and index finger asking me if it was mine and why had I thrown it at him? It was 1957 and the Keep America Beautiful campaign against littering was in full swing. I really did know better and I don’t know why I did it at the time. But, I can honestly say I’ve never littered since!