This isn’t a new chapter, I apologize. It’s more of a heads up and reminder.
I may be missing for awhile. Though I hope I still have the desire to keep writing and am able to come back with lots of chapters for you I can’t promise when that will happen.
Life has dealt us another blow this week and I don’t think we’ll ever be the same.
On Monday afternoon my husband was in a terrible wreck. Thank the Lord he’ll be okay, physically. Emotionally is a different story.
This is what’s left of his truck. But it can be replaced.
A life can’t.
A beautiful eleven year old girl lost her’s because he mom was distracted and ran a stop sign at 60mph right in front of my husband. That mother will forever bear that burden and so will my husband and I even though he wasn’t at fault. Our hearts are broken for this family and the pain they are suffering. Pain as a mother myself I can’t even begin to imagine. But most importantly, pain that never had to happen.
We’re all guilty of it. We pick up our phones, whether to text, read, or talk. We all zone out, letting our minds wander and go on autopilot. We turn around and fuss at our kids. We lean over to pick up something that fell in the floorboard. We all hate to admit it, but we do it just the same.
The worst is that accidents like this happen everyday. In my state alone over 1,400 people have lost their lives in car wrecks this year.
We have to stop.
Put your phone where it can’t be reached. Lock it in the glove box, put it in the trunk if you have to. Pick a station before you pull out and leave it there. Let the kids scream or fuss. Fuss back, just don’t take your eyes off the road.
Always be aware of your surroundings. Look for the road signs, they’re there for a reason. If you’re coming to a congested area, slow down. If you’re in an unfamiliar area, slow down.
Our cars and trucks are a part of our everyday lives. We need them. But every time we sit behind the wheel we are taking on a huge responsibility, one most of us easily forget. It’s a responsibility to our families and every other driver on the road and their families too. It only takes a split second to forever change the lives of dozens of people.
We have asked ourselves a thousand times this week why this had to happen. To that sweet little girl, her family, our family. I don’t know that we’ll ever have an answer. But if it will wake up just one person and make them be more cautious behind the wheel it will help ease the pain.
Don’t wait until something tragic like this happens in your own life to do better. Do better now and stop it from happening at all.
I almost lost my husband this week, our kids their dad. Never take a moment with your loved ones for granted, no matter how small. Tell them how much you love them everyday.