This is from 'Appalachian Life,' Baptism in the river.
(Not only Appalachian Life, I remember this many times during my lifetime.)
Today is a little reflection on life. Looking back, as my friend Bud said to me tonight, “By rights we used up our 9 lives in our youth.” Most teens drove too fast at one time or the other. We were distracted many times. Climbed too many sheer rock walls and jumped from too high, into the river or lake. So many more situations that one false move and it could have been your last.
In our family, a distant nephew (great great) had his life snuffed out in a single car accident on a country road. No alcohol, drugs involved, just rushing to get home on a tricky road. Probably did it many times before. He had his own business and was a young father and loving husband.
AND today we have the texting epidemic. When a message cannot wait minutes, must be done at 70-80 mph. I see it from the seat of the motor home EVERY time we are on the road. Men, women, boys and girls texting at speeds above the speed limit.
I cry at the emptiness of homes where lives, especially young lives, are taken away in seconds. Leaving children with no dad or mom, a wife or husband with no mate.
I cannot believe how good God, Life and Chance have been to me. By rights I would not have seen my 17th birthday. I was in a one car accident one night. The convertible rolled completely over on a country road. But I and my friend had no major injury and I am thankful.
Life is precious. Life is priceless.