Guest Post From a San Elijo Life Reader & a San Elijo Elementary Concerned Parent
Every decision you make shapes your life in one-way or another. Whether the decision is to shop at a certain grocery store and you meet the love of your life. Or, maybe it is that you walk by the pet store and the next thing you know you are the proud owner of a furry family member. Or, maybe you are running late to pick up your kids and decide that just this once you will make that illegal u-turn to get that prime parking spot. But, this decision doesn’t positively shape your life. This time a small child is tucked behind the rear of an SUV; you don’t see her. You hit her and now, this sweet child is forever bound to a wheelchair. Forever, your life, her life and many other lives are tragically changed. Can you live with that guilt?
Did you know that in traffic accidents involving children, about one-third of children are injured getting in or out of a vehicle and one-fifth when a child comes out from behind a parked car? Or that one-third of injuries occur when a child is crossing the street while disobeying a traffic signal, and 10 per cent when crossing properly? (Andre’ Picard, The Globe and Mail, 10/29/1999) These statistics support the need for us adults to adhere strictly to the traffic laws and use our own good judgment during the hectic time of San Elijo Elementary drop off and pick up where over 1300 children are excitedly filling the streets and parking lots surrounding the school.
Time and time again, I hear parents asking their children is that a good choice or a bad choice? I am begging you, please ask yourself the same question everyday during drop off and pick up. How could this decision impact my life? How can it impact another life?
Additionally, I beg those of you who witness this dangerous decision-making: Do something. Your decision to do something may prevent a tragic outcome of someone else’s poor decision.
– A very concerned parent.