Your imperfections as a human being don’t immediately vanish
the moment you conceive, birth or adopt a child. On the contrary, you probably just
become more acutely aware and self-conscious of your
bad, unhealthy or irresponsible habits once your life becomes about more than just
yourself. Hopefully you curb some the bad stuff you do for your own sake as
well as your child, but if wishes were horses, then beggars would ride.
Speaking of riding, I’m continually trying to be better
about not using my phone while driving. I realize that nothing is as important
as the safety of the children in my car, not to mention the safety of everyone
else on the road. That being said, I’d be lying if I told you I was an angel.
do text, read or email while driving on occasion. I definitely do it less than I
used to, but unless that number is zero, no one needs to tell me that I’m still
failing miserably. Texting and driving is just as bad as drinking and driving
(and if you’re like me, then you know
how easily you can swerve over the double yellow lines in the second it takes
to simply reply “yes” or “no” to a text — as easily as you veer unsteadily after
one too many merlots).
The fact remains that just because the guy in the commercial cheated death once ... there’s no telling when it might happen.
Thankfully, though, what I won’t do is get behind the wheel
after I’ve had too much to drink. There’s no better or worse way to kill
yourself, your kids or someone else and their kids in your car. Whether you
crash after posting a status update on Facebook or consuming too many beers
after work, at least feel some relief in knowing that there’s at least one
deadly habit to which I will never have to lay claim.
This new responsible drinking advertisement from Budweiser
will have your heart pounding with dread at what the outcome might be. And
while you might shed a tear of relief at the ending, the fact remains that just
because the guy in the commercial cheated death once by not crashing after
drinking (or texting), there’s no telling when it might happen. Because if the
statistics tell us anything, if you keep doing it, chances are it will.
Sear the look of adoration and love on the Budweiser dog’s
face in your mind. And then replace that sweet puppy’s face with that of your
kid’s or someone else’s. The fact is that the second you’re old enough to drive,
whether you’re a parent, a dog owner or just responsible for yourself, you
still need to be responsible for all of the other parents, kids and dog owners
out there by being as alert and un-distracted as possible while you’re on the