Give this to your Teenagers

@lauriefnp (5112)
United States
December 23, 2006 6:56pm CST
When I was 16 and got my Learner's permit, my Mother handed this to me (it was printed in our local paper) and had me read it. She reminded me as well as my brothers of it and brought it out several times when we were learning to drive and after we got our licenses. It certainly made an impression on her (I'm 46 yrs. old and she still has the yellowed newspaper clipping in a scrapbook), as well as on me. Let me know if you think today's teenagers would be susceptible to this type of thing. Please God, I'm Only 17 - the Dear Abby / Ann Landers heartbreaker.... written by John Berrio The day I died was an ordinary school day. How I wish I had taken the bus. But I was too cool for the bus. I remember how I wheedled the car out of Mom. "Special favor," I pleaded. "All the kids drive." When the 2:50 bell rang, I threw all my books in the locker. I was free until 8:40 tomorrow morning! I ran to the parking lot, excited at the thought of driving a car and being my own boss. Free! It doesn't matter how the accident happened. I was goofing off -- going too fast -- taking crazy chances. But I was enjoying my freedom and having fun. The last thing I remember was passing an old lady who seemed to be going awfully slow. I heard the deafening crash and felt a terrible jolt. Glass and steel flew everywhere. My whole body seemed to be turning inside out. I heard myself scream. Suddenly I awakened; it was very quiet. A police officer was standing over me. Then I saw a doctor. My body was mangled. I was saturated with blood. Pieces of jagged glass were sticking out all over. Strange that I couldn't feel anything. Hey, don't pull that sheet over my head! I can't be dead. I'm only 17. I've got a date tonight. I'm supposed to grow up and have a wonderful life. I haven't lived yet. I can't be dead! Later I was placed in a drawer. My folks had to identify me. Why did they have to see me like this? Why did I have to look at Mom's eyes when she faced the most terrible ordeal of her life? Dad suddenly looked like an old man. He told the man in charge, "Yes, he is my son." The funeral was a weird experience. I saw all my relatives and friends walk toward the casket. They passed by, one by one, and looked at me with the saddest eyes I've ever seen. Some of my buddies were crying. A few of the girls touched my hand and sobbed as they walked away. Please -- somebody -- wake me up! Get me out of here! I can't bear to see my mom and dad so broken up. My grandparents are so racked with grief they can hardly walk. My brothers and sisters are like zombies. They move like robots. In a daze, everybody. No one can believe this. And I can't believe it, either. Please don't bury me! I'm not dead! I have a lot of living to do! I want to laugh and run again. I want to sing and dance. Please don't put me in the ground. I promise if you give me one more chance, God, I'll be the most careful driver in the whole world. All I want is one more chance! Please, God, I'm only 17!
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• United States
27 Dec 06
thank you for sharing this. I will give it to my 17 year old step-daughter to read. She got her permit this summer and is wanting to drive on her own real bad. I am glad you shared this with us. I have her reading it right now.
@lauriefnp (5112)
• United States
27 Dec 06
It will most likely make an imprssion on here. Are you strict about when she can drive? My parents were in no hurry to let me get my license, believe me! It seems as if I had my permit forever!
@jesi06 (279)
• United States
27 Dec 06
Wow, thank you for sharing that. I had never seen this before, as I got my license when I was 22, but my daughter is going to be 16 next year and I will be sure to share it with her just as I just did send it to her friend who just got his license. Thank you again.
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@lauriefnp (5112)
• United States
27 Dec 06
You're welcome. I know that it made quite an impression on me at 16. You have to use whatever you can to keep your kids safe!
@lifeis2good (1183)
• United States
26 Dec 06
Oh I am so glad that you have shared this here - I too was give a copy of this from my mother when I got my license and boy it can really hit you hard. So I definitely plan on giving a copy to our boys when they reach driving age. I think too many teenagers these days just don't take the time to really think about how important it is to drive safe - not only for yourself but also for others out on the road.
@lauriefnp (5112)
• United States
27 Dec 06
This should be required reading before a kid can take his road test! It must be really effective if we still remember it today!
@CocHawk (84)
• United States
12 Jan 08
I am 17, and I drive one or two times a week. I guess it would be a good thing to give to teenagers, if you want to scare them. All of my friends are good drivers, because we don't do stupid thing or mess around, but I see kids everyday, who drive way too fast in the school parking lot, or just around town, not paying attention to the road. Every time I see this, I just think of how stupid they are, because of things like this. So yes, I think this is something that every teenager should read, at least once.
10 Jan 08
thanks for your sharing. yes, no matter how cool driving a car is ,we'd better take the safe at the first place. everyone has two lives, the first life comes when you were born, the second one , comes just when you dream. happy posting! thank you once more.
• India
20 Aug 07
Yeah for sure