But Mom, You Promised…

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*Between a young mom and her five year old daughter Ella* Ella: So mom, how is it that some people can drive while on the phone and others can’t? Mom: Well Ella, some people believe they have the ability to text and drive because they don’t know actions come with consequences. Ella: *With a complete face of confusion* Consequences? What does a time-out have to do with texting and driving? Mom: Not all consequences are a time-out, some consequences never go away. Sometimes, people have the worst type of consequence and never wake up again. Ella: Mom…will you promise that you’ll always wake up and to never be on your phone while driving? Mom: My dear I promise I will never have to face the consequence of not waking up. *Four months later Ella is at home with a sitter waiting for her Mom to come home from work* *Ella picked a bundle of flowers from the store for her mom because it was her birthday* *Mom is driving home and decides to answer a text while going down the road* One second her phone is lit up with a “Happy Birthday” from her mother. The next, she’s laying in the morgue after a she runs straight into a tree due to a late reaction* *A couple days later* Ella: *Standing over her mother’s casket holding the bundle of wilted birthday flowers and tears streaming down her face* Mom…you promise you’d wake up from your consequence..you promised…please wake up Mom…please keep your promise.