The Accident -- Life with 3 Teens

Cynthia Dermody
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totaled SUV

Photo by RAZmom88

It's hard enough raising one teen -- but three?! Welcome to RAZmom88's wild and wonderful life this week.

A Dreaded Call

It started like any other school morning. Wednesday. 5:45 a.m. I drove Andrea, 18, to school. I returned home and woke Zack, my 15 year old, who then showered and dressed. I used the lint roller on the cat hair stuck to Zack and his backpack. Zack doesn't like whe his back then becomes covered in hair for all to see at school.

While he was eating his Fruit Loops, I asked him if he had a ride to school or if I needed to drive him. He said he didn't know, but just then, his friend pulled up in his SUV. We talked and joked for a minute before they left at 7 a.m. 

Seven minutes later, the phone rang.

The boys had hit a patch of ice and had spun into oncoming traffic, hitting another car head on. They were less then a half-mile from the house.

You'd never guess it from that picture, but miraculously no one was injured.

Every Minute Counts

I ran to my car and drove to the scene, arriving at least 10 minutes before the police.  Zack was sitting in the back seat,to keep warm. I was so happy to see him. He didn't protest as I hugged and kissed him.

I am so grateful to God for keeping my son safe. This is a reminder of how precious life is and how quickly things can change.  Both boys were wearing seat belts and the airbags did their job. I do not live in fear of what could happen to my kids, but I do want to enjoy being their mom. I want them to know every minute of every day how precious their life is to me. I can't change God's plan to call me me or one of them home, but I can control what we do with the time we have together. Hug your kids; tell them you love them.

Today is Ryan's 19th birthday. He's coming home from college to celebrate with us and watch the Super Bowl on the 42-inch flat screen we got for Christmas. I don't know much about the game, but I do know that my children -- all three of my children -- and their friends will be there. Hot wings for everyone.

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Have you ever experienced a scary moment like this involving your kids, or a moment when you realized how quickly life can take a turn?

 

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