YES HE DID!!!!!
Parents please keep your keys in a safe place.
A couple of months ago my teenage stepson decided to take my car to get some candy from the gas station……well, he never made it to the gas station and my car was totaled.
It was the day after my birthday and my husband and I were running errands. My son was home early from school that day. We were running late so I called him about 2:10 to let him know he was to pick up my 5 yr. old from the bus. I live in a gated community so it was just a couple of yards from the house, there was no need to drive. Although he did have his permit, he was not allowed to drive the car on his own. I received the call at about 2:15. He was hysterical. That was such a scary feeling at the moment, not being able to understand a word he was saying because he was crying so much. All I heard was CAR ACCIDENT.
All in a matter of seconds my mind was just playing tricks on me. I understood that a car hit Ethan…. (Remember he was supposed to get him from the bus stop).
We were still about 30 minutes from home but it felt like an eternity. When we arrived I just couldn’t believe what I saw.
He said he was driving at speed limit and a car was coming towards him. He swerved and lost control, the car went in a ditch then back up to the street. Luckily he was wearing his seatbelt. As you seen in the pictures, my car was totaled and if he had not been wearing a seatbelt, it could’ve been a lot worse.
Thank God he was ok and no one was hurt.
All this was terrible but, because of all this, we find out he was taking my car in the middle of the night….guess for what? To see his girlfriend. Can you believe it? I couldn’t. I wanted to beat the S*** out of him. That was just a feeling for the moment though. He had opportunities to see her and he spent time with her but he was still sneaky.
We work hard on teaching our kids how to be responsible along with being respectful, making the right choices, the list goes on and on. It was heartbreaking to deal with this dilemma we had at hand. I felt defeated and embarrassed but, I looked at the bright side of it all. Did we learn from this? Absolutely. We learned not to leave keys on the counter. (Laugh)
Parents, just because we teach our children how to behave and how to carry themselves doesn’t mean they will. It doesn’t make us bad parents it’s just part of them growing up. It’s those hard bumps on the road that teach them how to deal with the consequences to their actions. Out of all my kids he was the least we expected this from. But it goes to show that we don’t know what they are thinking but, its ok.
This is one lesson that I add to my list. We get stronger from every obstacle. This definitely helps me grow and be a better parent.
At least we can laugh at this later in life.