It can never be said enough, but I'm compelled to remind everyone to Please. Please. Please. DON'T drink and drive. Even if you think you're OK. And if you see your buddy with his/her car keys in hand, stumbling toward the door, I don't care what you have to do, take them away and make them sleep on your floor or call them a cab.
If you're wondering why I'm in this preachy mood this morning, it's because we got a call yesterday morning from my father-in-law, to tell us that my husband's 17-year-old cousin was killed. He rolled his vehicle in a ditch, due to excessive speed - coming home from a party. He was in the 12th grade. He leaves behind a younger brother he was very close to, a new baby sister that he doted on, his mom, and his stepdad. His own dad died about 10 years ago. In addition, he has a huge extended family and many friends, who are all absolutely devastated.
In spite of all the tough drinking & driving laws, and the warnings pounded into us, this happened, and is going to happen many times this holiday season, to other people's cousins, nephews, nieces, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, moms, dads, daughters, sons, and friends. This isn't the first time I've lost someone to a drunk driving accident, and I have a awful feeling in my gut it may not be the last.
So, if you are the one who has had a few too many and are STILL heading out the door with your car keys - if you don't care about losing your licence, or wrecking your car, I hope if you're reading this, you stop for 5 seconds and think about this young boy's mom, who in a few days will be standing by a gravesite watching her oldest child being put in the ground.
If you're the one who's waving goodbye to your drunk buddy who is getting ready to hop in his car and drive home, I hope you stop for 5 seconds and think about this young boy's friend, who had the good fortune to be dropped off at home by the boy before the accident. He will also be at graveside, watching his best friend and cousin being put in the ground.
Many of us have done it. We've been stupid, maybe more than once. If you've ever been guilty of this particular kind of stupidity, make sure that last time was YOUR last time.