There's Still Time... |


I am a mother of three, sharing my journey of hope and survival following the loss of our son...

There's Still Time...

By Carolina Sonshine on 10/16/13 23:28
Charlotte Observer

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Who would have ever thought it would be easier to get a couple of legislators to commit to attending StreetSafe than it would be to get 35 parents and their teens signed up?




Certainly not me…however, as of this writing, that is precisely what’s happened.




I must confess, I’ve been a little surprised and dismayed, but I’ve not given up hope…




I’m not so far removed from everyday life with teenagers in my house that I don’t remember exactly what it’s like; I know it’s even busier in many respects than when they were kindergartners: part-time jobs, weekend projects, college visits, sports activities, studying and of course, the ever elusive quest for rest…




Nevertheless, I also know the burden of guilt John and I quietly carry between us, wondering if we did enough to prepare Brian for the many challenges and situations he would face on the road…




Earlier this week, a student asked, “Do you regret giving in and getting his car?  Are you sorry you allowed him to drive alone?”




“Those questions are kind of complicated to answer simply, but at the risk of being misunderstood, I have to say no.  While I miss Brian every minute of every day, his dad and I completely agreed then and we still do, despite what happened. It was time to let him go and grow…”




John recently confided that Brian told him he was nervous about making left turns…




I suppose he and I will always have lingering doubts about Brian’s preparation and training…what else should we have done?




Which is why I’m writing again, encouraging anyone with a young driver in their family to register for the StreetSafe session at Butler HS on Saturday.  And friends, please pass this information on to everyone you know… I really appreciate your help getting the word out.  There’s still time…




Please note: pre-registration is required to participate; you may register by following the directions below:




WHEN:   October 19th, 2013 - 9 am to 1:30 PM


WHERE:  Butler High School - 1810 Matthews -Mint Hill Rd, Matthews, NC




  Click “Enroll Now” and  “Life-Saving Driving Experience”. 


  Scroll down to: Charlotte/David Butler High


  (Contact with questions)




The cost to participate has been reduced to $20; a parent must be present for at least the first part of the program.




“You are responsible to do the best you can with what you’ve got for as long as you’re able.”–Charles R. Swindoll




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