Jacob and Elijah Shaddox are brothers. They live with their mom, Mary, who is the writer of this blog. Jacob is 19 and is now four inches taller than his mom! He also has ADHD and gorgeous red hair. He is a freshman at a technical college studying computer maintenance. Elijah is 15! He is in 9th grade and he is not in ROTC at his high school. He also had red hair, but it is lighter and not as thick as his brother's hair. He is hearing impaired(auditory neuropathy) and wears two cochlear implants. He also has tourette syndrome, ADHD, OCD and anxiety! Mary just started her 25th year as a teacher of the deaf. She is also in her last semester of graduate school to be a diagnostician! She will graduate in December of 2015!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

In The Blink of an Eye

A friend of mine called me this past Sunday and she was quite shaken. She had taken her three girls, ages 7, 3 and 18 months old to McDonalds to eat. While walking in the parking lot she noticed a car that had pulled in that was still running, and realized he was going to back out. The car backed out quickly as she yelled at her two oldest girls to run and she stepped back, holding the baby. The car came close enough that she reached out her hand and was able to touch it(she wasn't trying to touch it, more like THINK she could actually stop it). The car FLEW out of the parking lot.

She called me as she was sitting in McDonalds trying to calm her nerves. Of course, the thought of her or any of her girls getting hit just made me sick. This car would have probably killed them.

We finished talking and as I got off the phone, I started thinking about how things can change so quickly in our lives. My friend said she almost let the baby walk, but decided to carry her. It is a good thing she did! I have always been over protective of my kids, but it only takes that one instant of not paying attention that can change your life or the lives of those around you. I am also trying to get my almost fourteen year old son, Jacob, to understand that the choices he makes now can affect him the rest of his life.

So much of what we do in life revolves not just about the choices we make, but about the choices others make around us. Sometimes it is just luck or coincidence. I for one though want to always be on alert, watching for those who are not making good choices, so that I can avoid them as best I can. Sometimes you just can't.

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