Video that will give you pause

This video brought tears rushing to my eyes.


It hit so close to home for me. At the sentencing for Mamma K’s case, one of her very young grandchildren read his victim impact statement about how he and his Mom choose a star in the sky and named it for his Nanny….and how he looks at that star every night and talks to his Nanny. Every single person in the courtroom, including the judge, cried.

I think it’s important to remember that the loss of a loved one by an impaired driver has a ripple effect. For us, it wasn’t just Mamma K’s children and siblings that feel her loss deeply but also her young grandchildren whom her loss was for the most part their first experience with the loss of a loved one.

I hope this video speaks to you and if you or anyone you know heads out to drive impaired (even after just a couple of beers when you think you are fine), that this video will come back to you and cause you to take pause. Or to speak out to someone. And let these sobering words fill your mind and heart “it’s simply not worth the risk…

Have you had young children deal with the loss of a loved one? How did you/they cope? What tips and tricks did you find helped them deal with their grief? I’d love to hear…

On August 1, 2009, my beautiful mother-in-law’s life was cut tragically short by an impaired driver and my stepson’s life changed forever. In honor of Donna and Jordan Kennie, please don’t drink and drive. Impaired driving is 100% preventable. Think about it.

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  1. This is such an important message you are putting out there! I don’t ever drink and drive. And, honestly, as I’m planning my move to a new city, I’m picking a place to live that is within walking and cheap taxi ride distance to all the place where I will want to have a drink. It’s not that hard to plan ahead!

    • LOVE it Emma!! I wish more people had your amazing attitude and convictions. Hubby sent me an article today about a man that got beat up (nearly to death if a passer-by hasn’t stepped in) but a group of drunks who were driving. They saw him when he stepped out the woods to get a look at the license plate and was viciously attack – people were screaming “kill the snitch”!
      My stomach TURNED! How horrendous. This guy was trying to do the right thing and nearly lost his life and ended up with a brutal beating. Sometimes I get so frustrated with the state of our world but then…I know there are just as many people like you who are smart, responsible and empowered. And with that, I pray that others see the light of day…
      Thanks for swinging by. Your comment and support means a lot to me! 🙂

  2. prudencemacleod says:

    Says it all. I’ve seen the carnage a drunk can cause, and I’ve been in a car with a drunk at the wheel. Never again if I can help it. This is also one of the main reasons I don’t drink.

    • Wow Prudence. You’ve experienced it front row and center. Scary. I don’t blame you. Hubby and I have a zero tolerance policy, meaning which ever of us is driving doesn’t drink at all but at the same time, we’ve really considered giving up drinking all together as well. For much the same reason…
      Thanks so much for your comment and your constant support. Rocks!

  3. What a heart-wrenching video! That ripple effect is more powerful than people know, until they become part of it. I watched a news program yesterday about a woman who was texting while driving. She hit and killed a pregnant mother and her teenage son. Life is too short and precious to take such risks. Thanks for continually reminding us!

    • OH no….can you imagine?!?!
      I do NOT understand people who are still texting and driving…seriously?!?! It’s a shame. The ripple affect from that woman’s inconsideration for the safety of others will be so far reaching and devastating. All because a text couldn’t wait?!?! Do people not remember that there was a time when you had to WAIT to get HOME before people could reach you????
      It’s just not worth it. Not worth risking your life and certainly not worth risking the lives of others. Put the phone down (I leave mine in my purse in the back seat so it’s always far out of reach), call a cab if you’ve been drinking etc…it’s sooooo easy to make a different choice!! I think that’s what makes news stories like that even more devastating….
      Thanks for sharing August. It’s a heartfelt reminder to us all…
      Happy weekend and thank you for your super fabulous support! MUAH!

  4. And HUGE thanks for sharing my link! I can’t wait to check out the others. 🙂

  5. So, SO sad…and so important for everyone to watch!

  6. Damn. Powerful message there. I’m so glad I watched it before putting on my makeup. Thank you.

  7. Karen McFarland says:

    Pardon my pun, but what a sobering vlog Natalie. I read the other comments left here before I arrived and who would not agree with August. I think texting is the new drunk driver. Perhaps more insane because they make a sober decision to text behind the wheel. It’s insanity. The death of a grandparent is very hard on children. My two sons suffered terribly for years as they watched three grandparents die withing three and a half years. The grief for all of us was almost unbearable. It’s taken years to recover. I don’t know if we will ever get over it. Too much at one time. It broke all of our hearts.

    • Texting is absolutely the new drunk driving. Well said Karen. They said that when you text and drive, you are AS impaired as someone drunk and are 27 times MORE likely to cause an accident. Why do people still not get it?!?!
      That is an extreme amount of loss in such a short time Karen….ouch! My heart goes out to you and your kids as you continue to heal…

  8. Powerful. Just so very powerful. As you know, my sons lost their dad to pancreatic cancer when they were just 12 and 13. That was 24 years ago and just mentioning his name still brings tears to our eyes. You never get over such a loss.
    To lose a loved one because of a stupidly bad decision by another person is simply not acceptable. I SO agree with you about texting being just as bad as DUI. What are people thinking??? Hmm, obviously they are NOT thinking! Keep beating the drum, Nat, and we will do what can to help. Off to tweet!

    • The death of a parent at such a young age – devastating! I agree Patricia, you never “get over the loss” you simply find a way to cope and move forward. But the loss touches your heart forever, doesn’t it?! Snifff….
      Thank you sooooo much for the ongoing support Patricia…makes my day every week! MUAH!

  9. Powerful video. Thanks for sharing.

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