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His child was tugging at his jacket, but he couldn't really pay attention to him. "Dad!" he yelled. But his father couldn't look away then. He wanted to keep his eyes on the cashier as they scanned through all the items. The beeping kept increasing, and with each sound, he could feel his heart skipping a beat. Finally, the cashier was done, and there it was, the total flashing across the screen. His heart felt heavy. He could hear some heavy footsteps heading his way and that's when he saw a police man heading towards him.
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Officer Mike Kelly had been through his fair share of hardships in life. His father wanted him to take over the family business, but he didn't really see himself working at the hardware store. He didn't know what career path to follow, but he finally figured it out during a summer break. He'd been working with his father for a while when it finally dawned on him. He absolutely hated working retail! But he never expected his career to make such a twist.
But Mike's father didn't agree with his decision to veer off the path he had imagined for his son. When Mike told his dad that he would be heading off to college, he didn't talk to him for two weeks. Every evening they'd eat dinner in complete silence once he'd return home from work. Mike's mom did all she could to mediate the situation, but nothing seemed to work. Mike felt his dad would never get over it. But one day when his mother asked him to stop by after school to fetch something at the store, he'd stumble into something awful.
Mike was shocked to find that the store sign had been flipped from "open" to "closed." He rubbed off the window with his sleeve in an attempt to take a peek inside and that's when he saw something that made him stop dead in his tracks. There was a man was standing near the desk, with a balaclava over his head. His poor father was frenetically moving everything he'd stored inside the register into a bag. All of a sudden, his father looked up and locked eyes with Mike. The robber hit him over the head and then ran through the back door.
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After this horrible ordeal, Mike's father realized that life was too short to hold grudges, but the situation had quite an effect on Mike too. Having witnessed his father in such a helpless situation made him open his eyes. Mike realized that his true life calling was being a policeman, and his father was all for it. He supported him through the academy and make sure to remind him why he was taking that special path whenever things got tough. Finally, Mike became a popular, well-known local officer. But not everyone would be as lucky as him.