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 down – stay focused – drive safely. I don’t want any of our children (or ourselves) to be the victim of a completely preventable car collision.