Long post alert, but this is where the Wishy Moments started.❤️
It was the Tuesday after my dad passed, and my mom, brother and I were out taking care of the end-of-life errands (funeral home, memorial, florist, etc.). We’d just left the funeral home and were in downtown San Rafael to do some special shopping (another Wishy Moment coming soon). We parked on a main street, and when I opened the car door, a wishy hit me square in the face. This was the first one, and I wondered if it was him, but I didn’t know. So I let it float away and we went about our shopping.⚪️
When we came back, the car was gone. We’d parked in a tow away zone between certain hours, and hadn’t realized it. My brother called the number on the sign and the dispatcher directed him to the tow company’s office about ten minutes away. We hopped in a taxi, got to the office, and it was closed. We call again and “oops, we towed your car to the next town over.. sorry!” By this time, the taxi is gone and we’re in a ROUGH neighborhood in San Rafael at dusk. My mom texted one of my dad’s buddies at San Rafael PD (my dad’s last department) and told him where we were and what had happened, and he sent an unmarked car to come get us and take us to the car. 🚙
While we’re sitting on the curb waiting, a wishy rolls up from the street, lands on my hand then falls into my mom’s purse. We look at each other and smile and tuck the wishy into a purse pocket.👜
A few minutes later, a car pulls up. We get in and apologize for not being able to read a sign (super embarrassing). The officer laughs and we all set off to pick up my brother’s car. On the way there, Officer Eli introduces himself and we ask him if he knew my dad. Not only did he know him, my dad had hired him! Officer Eli tells us that he grew up in a rough neighborhood in Richmond and decided to go to the police academy out of high school. When he went to apply for a job, he didn’t have the college credits that most departments required of their new officers, but my dad interviewed him anyway. He told my dad where he grew up and all the street smarts he’d learned, and my dad hired him on a handshake. 🤝 .
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