Then we went to the bank. The lady at the drive thru says, "That was some accident TJ was in. I sure hope Jeff listens to TJ's message. He never wears his seatbelt.
Later after we get home, the phone rings. It is a friend of my mom. "My daughter showed me TJ's post today on Facebook. You must be so proud of him. What a great example he is."
Now my mom calls TJ. I talk to him for awhile. He is happy we are coming down to see him tomorrow. My mom asks him what these people are talking about. He said he would send the link to what he posted on Facebook today. Here it is:
T0 All of you: "too cool" FOOLS who are "too cool" for Seatbelts
For all of you stupid fools who think you're bigger than a seatbelt, bigger than a semi nailing you at 60 mph, and bigger than the life you possess.... Well this could have been you...and you could be DEAD. Next time you get into a car, look yourself in the mirror and ask yourself if you think you're really too cool for your family, too cool for your friends, and too cool for the people you care about. If you think you are...you're not. On Sunday February 10th, 2008 at 7:24p.m. I was inches away from being dead, inches away from never seeing my family again, inches away from never seeing my friends again, inches away from never seeing YOU again. Instead, because I wear my seatbelt, I am still breathing, still walking, still living my life. Next time you get into you're car, throw away your ego no one cares about and buckle up.
My mom was crying when she read it. I think she is very proud of TJ.
AN AFTERTHOUGHT FROM MOM: I admit I did not always wear my seatbelt. If I was rushing or just running around town or if I was wearing a linen jacket - wrinkles terribly. After TJ's accident, we all started buckling up, I think more from fear than anything else. And then I started paying more attention to accident reports. The first was a tragic one on the far west side of Franklin county near Columbus. Three 15-16 year old girls, two of them sisters thrown from the car, not wearing seatbelts. All died. Next was closer to Cleveland in Geauga county - a 46 year old father of three - thrown from the car, no seatbelt, died instantly. Next came a woman on I-76 outside of Akron, thrown from her car due to no seatbelt, her body was hit by another vehicle traveling in opposite direction, died at the scene. It is real. Seatbelts do save lives. I hope by posting this story here, we might just convince one more to buckle up.