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Monday, March 21, 2011

A lesson to tell teenagers over and over again.

As many of you know I have 4 kids. Our oldest is now 21, then we have Son #2 who is in college and is 19, Son #3 is 17 and a senior in high school and then there is our Little Guy who is 12. The lesson I'm talking about it drinking and driving or getting into a car with a driver that has been drinking. This is something we have talked to our kid's over and over again about.

On St. Patrick's Day a young adult we know went to work. After work he went out with a couple of coworkers for drinks. They were smart and had a friend who was not drinking drive them to one of their houses. Our friend went to sleep. The other 3 people decided they were going out for more fun. They thought they were fine and jumped into the car to go out. They were going to fast and hit a pole at about 2:30am. The driver died, one wasn't wearing a seat belt and is in the hospital the other boy ended up with just broken ribs. Our friend is just fine because he was asleep and didn't go and get into a car with a driver that had been drinking.

I have talked to my boys today and told them this story. I have always told my boys they can call me and I will get up no matter what time it is and come get them no questions. I think their safety is way more important. They can never get into a car and drive after drinking.

I really try and live by example too. I drink at home when I know I'm not going anywhere or if I'm out and I know we have a driver that isn't drinking. Just last night we were out My Hubby was drinking, I was drinking ice tea, I was the driver. I could not live with myself if I hurt my family or anyone else just for a drink of alcohol.

Please make sure to talk to your young adult children in your home about this. Most of all be safe.


Russ aka Grampy said...

That is a very hard subject. Because as you know the person drinking thinks they are fine.You can not tell them anything. Hopefully your kids will learn from this experience.I lost a nephew to drinking and driving.

OLLIE MCKAY'S ~ A Chic Boutique said...

Thanks for sharing this! It is THE BEST & MOST IMPORTANT POST any of us will read today! Happy Monday! And thanks for being a great Mom and talking with your kids!!

jenn said...

That is horrible. I am glad the one you know was smart enough to go out with them.

So sad.

Ann said...

I'm with you 100% on this one. I always told my kids the same thing. If I'm driving I won't even have one drink, just not going to take the chance.

Tammy said...

I can't even image something so bad happening to my kids. My prayers go out to the family that just lost their son. Make sure and talk to you kid's over and over about this.

siteseer said...

Sorry to hear this tragic story. Unfortunately, it's one that is heard over and over again. When will the insanity stop? My thoughts and prayers to all involved. The impact that it leaves on their peers is often life changing.

Lynne said...

Definitely an important lesson for everyone, children and adults. Thanks for sharing this experience. :-)