A while back I started noticing how many times, “if only in our favor”. How many times we have the story end in our favor and ‘if only’ is really nothing to the story. Yesterday was a story of “if only in our favor.”
Yesterday I read a post and after I read the post, I contacted the mom who wrote it and asked her if I could relay it again today because it was just so powerful. The thought of what might have happened still sits in my gut today.
A young man with a license at the age of sixteen, diagnosed since he was nine, had an agreement with his folks that he would text his blood sugar number before driving. In their family this works and their son does so. Yesterday he text he was 55 to which she immediately replied and called him.
The mom (with ‘that mom’ sixth sense in absolute high gear) stated to stay there and that she would grab his father and come get him. When they arrived his head was on the steering wheel and ‘he popped’ up and said he was 67 and ate 12 more carbs.
He got out, gave his dad his keys and said nothing to the contrary of what he was asked to do. No arguments…….he knew the rules and he abided by them.
I commend this young man for listening. It was just 2 miles to his house and he could have easily thought, “I will be home in a few minutes—-I’m okay.” But he did not drive home and if he had; that could have been the biggest mistake of his young life. My hands still shake as I read what could have been the end of this story.
But this very intelligent young man beat “if only” before it could have the need to appear. The damage that might have happened to him or to others is now only imaginable…….and actually we don’t even need to think about it because on this day, this young man made the call. The right call. And now it is only a story. What a remarkable call by this sixteen year old.
My hands are still shaking…….
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