his new hat!
yes, that is a line of a moustache
on the little fella at 10 years old…
What are they puttin in the food???
At Christmas he had jumped from a
kids size 4.5 in sneaks
to a men’s size 8,
it is now March
he’s sporting a size 9!
now 17, senior
Radford High School
I didn’t blink
size 13 shoes
and two months til’ graduation.
now out there making choices,
hard to see past Friday night.
I’ve been there,
but the tempations
were not nearly what they are now.
probably the same
the game was entirely different
We knew it all then too
We had our
“swag on” then too,
Some were into the folk scene,
some were into the hippie scene,
some were jocks,
were into the greaser scene,
some were just as bad as they wanna be,
while others were loners
or hung with the in-crowd.
Some of us
places with a bottle of
maybe a joint
a little weed, a nickle bag
back in the day,
thought it the greatest thing
since sliced bread.
all that and a bag of chips!
even hung at a bar
then were the risk takers
we’ve heard stories of
those who drove over and around mountains
with the headlights turned off,
fun slaying kids
others would jump and leap from places
that no sane human would think possible.
The price is higher,
the risks are somehow riskier
Well the stakes are about as high as I’ve ever seen,
I am scared for the kids, the parents, the grandparents, the aunts, uncles…
Hell I’m just scared.
We have to educate,
we have to
to each other
to the kids
to not stop.
We have to make this epidemic
Prescription Drugs and the ways they are being used get understood
by all who breathe.
we have to get folks jacked up,
in all levels of the community.
I am talking about
the very real epidemic
that is happening in our world,
I’m hearing about it all over the country
from just about every person I meet
I am meeting too many after they die,
by their pictures brought in the frames and shared by those who loved them now grieving them.
And with each story, I can’t help but see my
Godsons, my precious Olivia
can’t help but wonder of the tempations they face each day, the peer pressure they are under each day at their schools or with their friends.
I can’t help but wonder
at what point they will enter the
experimental phases that all teens enter into.
I know in my heart
that they will enter into it
that D’Vante has already.
We have to be willing to tell the kids,
“I will talk to you, with you, be there for you,
will stalk you, be your living nightmare, will harrass you, will ground you, will forever be your support, Until YOU show me that you understand it and demonstrate that you know and choose wisely, I love you that much.”
We have to get it ourselves
understand that we lay the foundation for the houses that the children will build their very houses on.
Pinellas Country in Florida
is the largest country in the state.
I spent last evening at the
elite high school known as
Palm Harbor University High School.
There I was with a woman as her guest,
she was telling her son’s story and spoke to parents and their teens;
they were there not by choice
because their kids had been busted
for drug use.
Counselors were there,
representatives of an organization here in Florida known as
Narcotics Overdose Prevention Education
It was one of the most powerful evenings I’ve had in a long time.
I sat in admiration as two women told their stories of pain, of grief, of hope for those in the audience.
I stared at the poster sized photos of 6 who had died of overdoses, lives now gone who had not intended to die.
Good looking all were, from 17 years old to about 28 years.
I glanced the room at the youth, one looked to be 12… males, females, parents with tears staining their cheeks.
I listened as a veteran of the police deptartment with 30 years in Narcotics spoke with sobering statistics.
He told the folks there,
“We don’t want you to die, we want you to make choices that are good for your lives and contribute to society and be around a long time. did you know that last year well over twice as many people died from accidental prescription drug overdoses that from motor vehicle related accidents here in our country?”
The statistics in 2007 report that in Pinellas county the adverse effects from underage drinking cost residents 161 million dollars…
It was a night of power in the stories
the statistics took my breath away
the kids and the parents
were there to listen
God knows I pray they heard.
The choices will be theirs
the facts cannot be dismissed.
The choices are many,
the tempations are in the schools, on playgrounds,
in the medicine cabinets of the homes, the homes of family members, friends of friends.
70% of all medications being used on the streets and between friends at parties
the homes of the kids, the grandparents, the family members, the friends homes.
CHECK YOUR MEDICINE CABINETS.
Lock up or hide your medicine.
TALK ABOUT THIS WITH YOUR KIDS.
When they go for an over night?
Know where they are going,
know the parents,
what are the rules there?
Call at 10pm
bring them home,
use one of those drug tests from
when they get home,
Keep them safe,
when kids are mixing alcohol and prescription drugs,
they do not get it… they do not plan to die,
they somehow do not believe that their system will just shut down
and they will stop breathing.
It only takes one xanax
if the circumstance is right.
see about getting your police dept., your faith community, school to start one in your state.
I am getting passionate about this.
I hope you are too.
who tried to party with friends
who came home and had a conversation with his Dad…
A great and funny and bright kid
a great guitar player
with a future
a foundation built on love
who made a rotten choice.
Gone too soon.
We have got
play the music of reality
stop this epidemic
Hard love of
NOTE to my kids,
Please make great choices,
say NOPE to the pressures, call me when tempted, think of Landon, think of me, know I have you, I will support you, and I am right there with you in your heart always…
I will haunt and hunt you down!
I love you that much.
Walk in Beauty