I started this post a couple weeks ago and since then another dear friend of Hillary's Died. Another 25 year old who will not make it to 26, that is UNACCEPTABLE! Another beautiful soul lost to this dreaded disease.
Hillary has a photo of herself and three other girls that were all seniors in high school together. All good kids, from loving homes, three out of four, became addicted to heroin. one has now left this life And two will fight the battle with this disease for the rest of their lives, again unacceptable.
I wish I had told her of the risks of addiction. I wish I had known what to look out for. I wish I didn't think "it's only pot" and "kids will be kids". Back to the kids in the car, two in the front and two in the back. Four of them just like the picture of Hill and her friends.
Please share this with your kids and their friends, and their friends parents. Kids are warned of the dangers of drunk driving ever year in school, the percentage of kids dying of overdose or landing in jail for drug related offenses is exorbitantly higher than those that die in drunk driving accidents.
Some of you may feel I should have called the police, I tried that with Hillary and it simply did not help. I talked to Annie and Bert (my two teenagers), who both said I did the right thing in the eyes of a teenager. The police would have only made them find better ways to hide it. The facts is what they needed, and the facts is what they got.
The last thing I said to them is that they are loved. Whether or not they thought their parents loved them or cared about what happens to them, whether they thought their parents were assholes or not, they are loved. I told them to talk to their parents if they thought they might have a problem or to talk to a friends parent. I told them to watch out for their friends showing signs of the disease. I told them their lives are too valuable to be lost.
All the kids in the car thanked me and the young man in the front seat said that he was sorry about what had happened to my kids. They heard me, I can only hope that it sunk in enough to make a difference. Please add this message to what you teach your kids, addiction is not only real, it is an epidemic and if can happen to my kids it can happen to yours.
Peace be with you, those you love and those who love you, k