Your blogger and her young son just returned from a nice dog walk, in this beautiful weather today. On that walk, she met a nice woman named Heidi who was with her grandson, just a little older than our Bobby.
She got into a car that I'd noticed around a lot lately, most specifically because it had a sticker noting that she'd lost a loved one to a drunk driver. Things like that hit your blogger hard, and she prays that nothing like that will ever happen in her family.
After Heidi got into her car, KCC told her "I'm so sorry for your loss." Heidi started to cry, as it had not even been one year since her son was killed while leaving a hockey game.
On April 27, 2009, he was on his way home and a drunk driver killed him and left him for dead.
Heidi said authorities didn't find her son's body for three days. Just his smashed up car, she told this blogger, through her tears.
Your blogger often wonders why people STILL drink and drive, after all these years. The data is clear. Drinking and driving kills. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has been around seemingly "forever" telling these same sad stories. Yet people continue to commit these offenses.
Heidi's son's killer only received 23 months in prison and will probably serve 1/2 of it. These days, you get 1 day off for every day you serve with "good behavior" due to prison overcrowding. Therefore, this idiot can get out again and do the same thing.
(Personally, KCC has a zero tolerance policy. It's not worth it for this writer to have even one single drink and then drive. The costs could be too great.)
Please keep Heidi in your prayers, too. She's lost a huge part of herself and her world. Please pray that Heidi will be comforted in her loss, especially with the month of April and that horrible anniversary coming up.
Please remember all those who have been victims of this horrible tragedy and be safe on the roads this weekend.
Readers, thank you for allowing KCC to step off the political plank just for a moment today.