Hey you…Yes you..Can you hear me? I guess you don’t but I’m going to tell you anyway. Maybe someone smarter than you may listen and learn something….
We almost hit you today, my friend and I. We almost plowed right into you with his dark green Honda. You could have been seriously hurt or worse. You have no idea how close you came to getting your nice young red blood spilled all over the street.
If it wasn’t for my friend’s lightning quick reflexes and some kick ass breaks you would have been toast today.
I can imagine how your parents would have felt. You getting hit on your way to school, at the start of a new school year. Maybe they saw you off this morning, maybe they watched you with pride as you walked off to school. You are quite tall for your age, which I suspect is about 16. You with your dark hair and black clothes must have cut quite the figure as you walked off, navy blue backpack, jammed full of books on your back.
Being a parent of a 16-year-old myself, I understand how it’s hard to let go and trust that your kid is going to do the right thing. You teach what you can and hope for the best. I’m sure your parents taught you how to cross the street. I bet they told you to use a cross walk, look both ways and don’t just walk out into moving traffic. But yet this is just what you did.
You walked into oncoming traffic, without a care in the world…You never even looked up, or you would have seen us. You, stooped over with your hood covering the tell-tale white cord and ear buds of your IPOD.. you never even heard us, honking at you…you never heard the screech that the tires made as we stopped just in the nick of time. We came so close..you came so close, and you never noticed.
I wanted to stop and get out of the car and chase you down to give you a stern talking to. I wanted you to know how serious it all is, this life business. I’ve lived long enough to realise that life is fragile and fate can turn on a dime. One second of stupidity can make you pay big time for a lifetime.
I know you probably made it to school, the very same school my son goes to, you might even know him. And you probably made it safely home after school today as my son did. All the while never knowing how close you came to your life changing forever, and not just your life, but your parents lives, who most likely bought you that IPOD and would never forgive themselves for it, or the lives of your friends and family members who would miss you, not to mention, my friend who would have hit you, he never would have been the same either….
And so to anyone who is listening tonight…hug your kid a little tighter tonight, I will.
Stay safe, Strawberryindigo.