Thursday, February 3, 2011
Remember Alex Brown
This week I watched Extreme Makeover Home Edition for the first time in forever. We watched this particular episode for two reasons. First off, I had received an email Sunday morning telling me that the episode was about a family who had lost their daughter in an accident that was caused by her texting while driving, and that they were trying to increase education about how dangerous that was. I must admit I am guilty of texting while driving. I know it is stupid and I felt like watching the show might impact me enough that I would never do it again.
Although I had made a mental note that morning to try and watch the show, by that evening I had forgotten all about it. Luckily I was sitting down to stitch about the same time that the program started. That, combined with the fact that my youngest daughter was flipping channels when they showed a clip from the episode with Justin Bieber. My girl has Bieber fever, so of course we had to watch.
And I'm really glad I did. The story of Alex Brown was heartbreaking. She was a beautiful, loving girl with who whole life in front of her. And the decision to text while driving cost her her life. Her Dad made the comment that he knew that Alex would change the world. Now Alex's family is making sure that she does that even after her death.
I'm going to take the The Pledge never to text while operating a motor vehicle. I hope you will too.