One Bad Decisions

Sierra W

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Five people. Mom and Dad talked quietly in the front seat while the kids giggled in the back. “What’s so funny back there?” Mom questioned. The oldest pretended to zip his lips, the two younger ones following his lead, not saying a peep. “Hmmm, guess we’ll just have to turn this car around,” joked Dad. Milly, only five, gave in. “Big brother was making fun of your make up Mom!” Mom chuckled and then sighed, “Oh, you just wait Eli. One day you’ll have a girlfriend who wears makeup too!” Mom jested. “Mommmmmmmm,” Eli replied. Four beeps. “Beep, beep, beep, beep,” his phone buzzed under the seat. It had fallen a few minutes ago, just out of reach. He was running late for work and knew it had to be from his boss. It was his first job and he couldn’t afford to lose it. “It’ll only take a second,” he thought. He took his eyes off the road and scanned the ground. The phone was nowhere in sight as he glanced around. Three seconds. One second to look for the phone. One second to veer into the other lane. One second to smash into the van with the family of five inside. Two lives taken. Eli, Milly, and their other sister sat patiently in a small room. A lady in a black suit stood by, just watching. Nobody said anything as the little kids grasped each other’s hands. They had been on their way to Disney World, instead, they landed in the hospital. A few band-aids with flowers plastered Milly’s face and a blue cast adorned Eli’s arm. Their grandma walked into the room, tears streaming down her face as she silently beckoned the kids to follow her. The broken family left, Mom and Dad, left behind, angels now watching from above. One bad decision. Every time you get behind the wheel, you have a responsibility to protect yourself and others. Distracted driving involving phone use cause 25 percent of all car collisions. Put your phone down and save a life. That text will never be worth it.