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Think before you drink and drive or drive on your meds
The White Rose

I was walking around in a Target store, when I saw a Cashier hand this little boy some money back. The boy couldn't have been more than 5 or 6 years old.

The Cashier said, 'I'm sorry, but you don't have enough money to buy this doll.'

Then the little boy turned to the old woman next to him: ''Granny, are you sure I don't have enough money?''

The old lady replied: ''You know that you don't have enough money to buy this doll, my dear.'' Then she asked him to stay there for just 5 minutes while she went to look a round. She left quickly. The little boy was still holding the doll in his hand.

Finally, I walked toward him and I asked him who he wished to give this doll to. 'It's the doll that my sister loved most and wanted so much for Christmas. She was sure that Santa Claus would bring it to her.'
I replied to him that maybe Santa Claus would bring it to her after all, and not to worry.
But he replied to me sadly. 'No, Santa Claus can't bring it to her where she is now. I have to give the doll to my mommy so that she can give it to my sister when she goes there.'

His eyes were so sad while saying this. 'My Sister has gone to be with God. Daddy says that Mommy is going to see God very soon too, so I thought that she could take the doll with her to give it to my sister.'' My heart nearly stopped.

The little boy looked up at me and said: 'I told daddy to tell mommy not to go yet. I need her to wait until I come back from the mall.'
Then he showed me a very nice photo of him where he was laughing. He then told me 'I want mommy to take my picture with her so she won't forget me.' 'I love my mommy and I wish she doesn't have to leave me, but daddy says that she has to go to be with my little sister.'
Then he looked again at the doll with sad eyes, very quietly.
I quickly reached for my wallet and said to the boy. 'Suppose we check again, just in case you do have enough money for the doll?''

'OK' he said, 'I hope I do have enough.' I added some of my money to his with out him seeing and we started to count it. There was enough for the doll and even some spare money.

The little boy said: 'Thank you God for giving me enough money!'

Then he looked at me and added, 'I asked last night before I went to sleep for God to make sure I had enough money to buy this doll, so that mommy could give It to my sister. He heard me!''

'I also wanted to have enough money to buy a white rose for my mommy, but I didn't dare to ask God for too much. But He gave me enough to buy the doll and a white rose.'' 'My mommy loves white roses.'

A few minutes later, the old lady returned and I left with my basket.
I finished my shopping in a totally different state from when I started. I couldn't get the little boy out of my mind. Then I remembered a local news paper article two days ago, which mentioned a drunk man in a truck, who hit a car occupied by a young woman and a little girl. The little girl died right away, and the mother was left in a critical state. The family had to decide whether to pull the plug on the life-sustaining machine, because the young woman would not be able to recover from the coma. Was this the family of the little boy?

Two days after this encounter with the little boy, I read in the news paper that the young woman had passed away. I couldn't stop myself as I bought a bunch of white roses and I went to the funeral home where the body of the young woman was exposed for people to see and make last wishes before her burial. She was there, in her coffin, holding a beautiful white rose in her hand with the photo of the little boy and the doll placed over her chest.

I left the place, teary-eyed, feeling that my life had been changed for ever.. The love that the little boy had for his mother and his sister is still, to this day, hard to imagine.

And in a fraction of a second, a drunk driver had taken all this away from him.
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What an Eye Opener Jayne!!! I always Make Sure to watch My Driving Very Closely, as I take Quite a Few Meds. I have Lost a Few Friends to Drunken Driving, and the Message You Posted said it Right, "Everything Gone in a Second"Wink
I read this and not with dry eyes.

I do wish everyone of the forum would take time to read this thread.
Jayne- this story is a hard one to read but one all of needs to read and think about with all the medications we take.
May God send his angels to hold you in his arms
jayne...drinking an driving is a dishonor to life, however so many people still insist that they are in control and continue to drive while under the influence... and this is what happens...good people loose their lives due to someones bad judgement. I am glad that our laws are what they are today.... this is a very sad but very real story. Love Red
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
Jayne - thank you so much for posting this reminder. That is such a sad story and I'm sure there are 1000's of similar ones out there as well.

I have not taken my meds today as BF needed help picking up his youngest son and then on to soccer practice. I do not like the way these meds slow down my reflexes so I am doing my best not to drive until they level out and I get used to them.
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Jayne...I too, did not finish reading this with dry eyes!

It reminds us all....not to become murder'ers with a simple act of driving while under the influence of anything mind altering!

Injured worker, & tired of it all! I'm too old for games!!

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On the days that I have to drive to Ft Worth to see my WC Dr, I assolutely WILL NOT take my meds (other than the folate ..it is just a supplement of B12 and folic acid). I don't care how much pain I am in by the time that I get home. I am not going to put not only myself and my friend (my best friend rides with me in case something happens) at risk.. but also all those other drivers out on the road. It's a trip of just over 240 miles and about 5 or so hours. But I plan to be around to hear great grandchildren call me grammy !!

Angel ^j^
I've always been crazy, but it keeps me from going insane.
Happiness comes through doors you didn't even know you left open
Last night was one of those nights of little sleep.

The nerve pain was constant in the left & right legs, at one pint I considered going to ER. I just wasn't to sure of what they could do for me.

With no delivery service in the rural area where I live, this morning I had to drive to the pharmacy and get refills on medications.

Probably not a morning I needed to drive.

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