Traffic School

Q:  How many people cry at traffic school?

A:  At least one – that would be me!

Yeah, so listen….it’s not my fault.  Genetically I am wired to cry at anything and everything.  Happy?  I cry.  Sad?  I cry.  I cry and cry and cry – and sometimes I don’t even want to cry and I try to stop it, but I still cry.  I can’t help it.

What would you do if your traffic school instructor was talking about a little 2 yr old he pulled out of a car crash?  I have a 2 year old.  This same 2 year old recently cut his head open because I forgot to re-buckle his car seat after moving it to a new location.  I was not in a crash – I stopped at a red light – but I could have been in a crash…and that could have been my 2 year old that was dead.  Yep, I cried and cried and cried.  It wasn’t an uncontrolled sobbing, just tears streaming down my face.

I had to go to traffic school because I ran a red light and my picture was taken by a camera attached to the stoplight.  I didn’t know I ran a red light, but after my 5 hours of schooling, I now understand the technicalities of red light running.   Turns out the stop line or the cross walks are NOT part of the intersection – so even if you pass those while the light is green or yellow, you may still be running a red light.  I’ll draw you a diagram if you want.  🙂

The truth is I am very glad that I had to go to traffic school – I learned a lot.  My instructor was very knowledgeable and had a great perspective on the privilege of driving.  So please, slow downstay focuseddrive safely.  I don’t want any of our children (or ourselves) to be the victim of a completely preventable car collision.


4 Responses to “Traffic School”

  1. 1 Lia October 5, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    It is great to get reminds like these and not always have to learn things the hard way. It is strange how something like traffic school can make you love your kids more (if that’s possible). Glad it was worth while.

  2. 2 Mom October 5, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    Boy, that staying focused is a hard one. I find myself driving to school, same route, same time of day, and I sort of go into automatic pilot and forget to watch everything around me. And then I wonder, how did I get to school? We all need reminders. Glad the traffic school was worthwhile. Know Taylor will heal up just fine from his Oowie in his hair.
    Love you all,

  3. 3 Lianne October 5, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    Hey…I AM a little confused about the cross-walk stuff…a diagram would be helpful. 🙂
    Umm…I cry so much more now that I’m a mom! Everything’s more emotional, life is more fragile, scary things are MORE scary, etc.
    I’m glad I’m not the only one. 🙂

  4. 4 kari October 6, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    The crying part made me laugh out loud…Thanks gma Angus! 🙂 Actually, I am also laughing that you enjoyed traffic school and took it as an opportunity to learn (again thanks to all of the educators in the family)! Also – love the notebook thing – when you’re back in the business of making & selling you may have a customer! Take care – looking forward to more house updates!

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