Monday, January 4, 2010
A decade in review, part IV
Dear Teenage Driver,
Do you know how much hardship and pain you caused my family when you barreled down the neighborhood street at breakneck speed and rammed into my husband's car, leaving it crushed like an accordion? Did you know that taking your eyes off the road for one split second to change your radio station would have such an impact on an innocent family's life and leave permanent scars?
That summer morning nearly five years ago, when my husband and children were returning home after visiting me at church as I prepared to teach Vacation Bible School, changed our lives forever. Thank goodness the children were okay, but Pete was not so lucky. Do you know what a long road of pain and misery my husband trudged? Long trips to the bigger city for steroid shots and specialists, rounds of physical therapy, treacherous tests and traction only worked for so long before Pete had to undergo long, dangerous neck surgery. Money spent and lost, not to mention pain and suffering, touched the whole family.
So teenage driver, I hope you will think twice before you TEXT, talk on the cell phone or try to change radio stations. Next time, you might just cause someone to lose their life.