A dear friend of mine was killed by a drunk driver a few years ago. She was an elegant, compassionate, hilarious woman. She left behind two teenage children and an amazing husband. When she was killed, those who knew and loved her were devastated.
She was killed less than a block from where I lived. She had been watching one of her kids play ball at a park when she had to leave. Her daughter heard the crash and went to find out what happened, not knowing that her mother was dead.
She and her family were Disneyland APís. She used to tell me stories of how she and her husband would make out on the ďBucketsĒ as she called them. A few days after she was killed, I went to Disneyland because Disneyland is a place where you are supposed to leave your troubles behind. I bought a Mickey Mouse balloon and sat in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle. I said a short prayer and released the balloon in my friend's honor. I sat there watching the balloon rise into the heavens, and cried.
At her funeral, her husband came to me. He put his arm around me and said, ďMichael, I hope you know that Sue loved you.Ē I didnít. But I loved her, too.
I personally donít drink. Iím not morally opposed to drinking, I just donít like the taste of alcohol. Iím often invited by my friends to go out to bars or cocktail parties, and I go. But I donít drink. My friends know I donít drink, but they think Iím a fun guy so they invite me anyway. I donít mind being around people who are drinking. But I canít be around anyone who is drunk.
If there are children in your life, please make sure they know that getting drunk, being drunk, and staying drunk are not admirable qualities that a person should aspire to achieve. Instead, these things are selfish and often cause harm to others.
BTW, the driver who killed my friend, well, he walked away without a scratch. He spent a couple of years in jail. When he was released he got drunk again and killed more people.