"How's it going?"
(We chatted a bit, and he pointed out some things I could do better in the future, for which I was appreciative).
Also, he asked (just as a formality) if he could take a look at my license, insurance, and registration (I was nervous, because my actual weight disagrees with my license by five pounds*). Funny thing was, I couldn't find my CURRENT insurance card, so it took me FOREVER to go through the stack of papers piled up in the glovebox. He was exceptionally good-natured and helpful, and it was kinda great because all the time it took to look for the "right"** papers gave us a bit of extra time to chat. He is off to "an okay" New Year.
My daughter was with me, absorbing it all, and I (truly) was so appreciative of how professional and respectful Officer Handley was. I believe so strongly in the power that childhood impressions can have on a person's worldview for years to come; I was grateful for the positive, kind interaction he had with my daughter present. She noticed. And will likely remember. Thank you.
Next time I see you driving around, maybe I'll pull you over to chat (where can I get some lights for my automobile?).
**these quotation marks are completely unnecessary