I just heard a story that I want to share with you. A young family was on their way home from a morning shopping trip when they were in a serious car accident. Horribly, one child was thrown from the car and later died in the hospital. Sadly, this kind of thing happens all the time. What sets this story apart from others like it is that the father was driving drunk. He was driving drunk in the morning after shopping with his wife and four children.
So, I ask myself the following questions: What part did the mother play in the accident? Did she know that the father was drunk then knowingly risk her life and her children’s lives by getting into the car?
I found out a couple of days after hearing the story that this was the second time that this family was in a car accident under the same circumstances. The father is being held in jail for involuntary manslaughter and the mother is being held for child endangerment. With both parents in jail, this leaves three little girls in the foster care system, at one of the most vulnerable times of their lives, after the death of their brother. I can’t tell you how badly I feel for those children right now.
We all make hundreds of decisions every day. If we are parents, we not only make decisions for ourselves, but we make decisions for our children. Most of the time, our decisions don’t seem to have any effect on our children, so we don’t think of our kids very often when we make decisions for ourselves. This mother’s decision to put her children in the car with their father cost one of her children his life, and will affect the other children’s lives for the rest of theirs.
Please do what is best for your children regardless of what you think other people think. You hold your child’s life in your hands. And don’t forget that when you have children, you must have a Will and a Guardian for your children. It is an absolute MUST.