As a parent we hope to never receieve a call saying your child was in an accident. Last night my phone rang after midnight. My daughter said we were in an accident and every one was alright. She was planning on spending the night at friends anyway so we said we would pick her up in the morning.
The story was not a good one on how this happened so I thought I would share it with others so they can talk to their kids. They were already at the friends house and it after 11. They decided to go play a game called ding dong ditch. When they went outside they heard voices and discovered the boys were there egging one of thier cars.
Mistake #1 They ran for their car and gave chase.
Mistake #2 There were 7 of them in a 6 passenger car.
Mistake #3 None of them wore a seat belt, which they are ussually very good at doing.
Mistake #4 The chase began and they followed the boys down a dead end street, now they have them!
Mistake #5 After the boys simply turned around in the cul de sac, they continued pursuit.
Mistake #6 They were going too fast!
Mistake #7 The speed prevented them from making a corner and they spun the car and headed for the ditch. Mistake #8 This occurred in a residential neighborhood.
End result was the car took out a 6 x 6 post, some fencing and stopped when it hit a tree. The girls paniced when they saw smoke, most likely antifreeze from the radiator. They had been pinned in the back seat as the rear passenger door was against the tree. Once they all were out and back on the street, they called the boys to rescue them. The boys brought them back to the home they were spending the night at and they started to call home.
Blessing #1 Other than a few scrapes and bruises, the girls were protected by God.
Blessing #2 Many lessons were learned and they owned up to their responsibility for what happened.
Blessing #3 The cause of the egging was shown to be very minor compared to the forgiveness shown to them on the cross. I believe they will all grow closer together as friends because of this incident.
Blessing #4 These are all great kids who seldom cause any problems and we love them.
Disappointed, angry, thankful and blessed parent.