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Wreck reminds mom not to take life for granted

By Karen Klaich

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“We never know what we have until it is lost.” This is a cliché we rarely think of until we are faced with losing something or someone we love. This idea has hit close to home for me once again. 

Almost four years ago, my husband and I got the call that all parents of teenage drivers dread to get. Our youngest son, Mark,  called to tell us he had been in an automobile accident and asked if we could we meet him at the hospital. We jumped into the car and raced to where we thought he would be, at the home of friends. When we arrived, we found our other car parked and looking like it had when he had driven off a few hours earlier, scratch-free. There was no sign of an accident or the boys. We then raced to the emergency room of Vidant and found our son in a room, wearing a neck brace, one shoe and a look of terror on his face. He began to cry as we entered the room, and so did we. His father and I were thankful that he hadn’t been injured more severely — the boy driving the car had taken a turn too quickly and the vehicle had flipped twice. Our son had minor shoulder and neck injuries, but he was very lucky ... and scared. He was 16 at the time and going through that lovely period of a teenager’s life known as having a provisional driver’s license. Unlike with our older children, we had to keep a written record of each time Mark drove. It was a headache, but we carried on and followed the rules. After this event, Mark’s attitude about driving drastically changed. He was never a reckless driver, but he became almost obsessed with taking his time. He would scold me if he thought I was driving too fast. He chided those who tried to “ride his bumper” and would deliberately slow down even more when they rode too closely. He told his father and me that he didn’t want to ever go through any more accidents, and though he had not been driving, he learned some important lessons that day.

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Bless your heart
Bless your heart