Unfortunately, no. Not “whatever.” The complete opposite of whatever. TOTALLYever!
You may have seen the following video before, but it gives me great joy to see that this video has been seen over 15 million times. It makes me feel less like taking a non-stop walk into an ocean when I think about Nyan Cat having over 85 million views.
It is not possible for me to watch this video without getting misty or just full-on blubbering.
A writer friend of mine (ooph.com) recently wrote about teen driving deaths and I was shocked by one of the statistics. It wasn’t that text-driving is basically like injecting 5,000ccs of adrenaline into a teen’s chances of crashing the living s**t out themselves and another driver. I knew that one.
It was that NOT WEARING SEAT BELTS is the leading reason for their car accidents resulting in the ultimate tragedy. Death. … SEAT BELTS??? Really?
Okay, I remember when I was a kid (one bazillion years ago), when they first instituted seat belt laws. My parents had us kids wear our seat belts, but it was a casual thing. Common sense. No big deal. But I resented it becoming something I HAD to do. By LAW! I got over it and grew up and am now completely “wearing underwear backwards” uncomfortable when I’m not wearing a seat belt.
I just really thought now that seat-belt wearing, culturally, was pretty much a done deal at least half a bazillion years ago. Such a shocker to read that it just… isn’t.
Of course I’ve been really unwavering about teaching my kids to do so as well. “Put your straps on.” We still say that. Not “buckle your seat belt.” It’s a carry forward from referring to the straps of the car seats we used to plop them into when they were just wee little piggies, riding all the way home.
Weirdly, I’m still not a big fan of having so many laws for every little thing, even as important as I feel buckling up is. I’ve seen a single mom given an $800 fine for her fairly-grown child being improperly restrained by a seat belt. The kid took the thing off. She learned her lesson. Yeah, that law enforcement and her fine was frigging mindless and ridiculously harmful to her. Anyways…
I do my part by trying to teach my kids to feel like they’re wearing a g-string backwards if they’re not wearing their seat belts. Now. Well before they’re old enough to slide behind the wheel of a big metal murder machine. I know they’ll do well.
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