This Father’s Day weekend was not what I expected. What should have been a weekend of celebration was instead a time of pain and concern. I spent the majority of Saturday in the Emergency Room waiting area of Community North Hospital in Indianapolis, waiting for my mom and step-dad to be evaluated by doctors after a car accident. Their car broadsided a minivan that ran a stop sign. Thankfully, there were no life threatening injuries for the other family or mine, thanks to lifesaving air bags. My step-dad suffered some minor cuts to his face and soreness in the neck, while my mom was more seriously injured. She has cracked ribs, a cracked sternum, and a serious hematoma on the left leg. I just happened to be in Indianapolis returning from a business trip when my step-dad called to tell me. I was able to divert from my trip home to meet the ambulance at the hospital.
I share this accident publicly with you as a reminder of how precious time is with our families. Please, make it a priority to spend quality time with your children, parents, and/or extended family. Share your interests and hobbies with them. Don’t wait and think you will have time later. This accident was a jarring reminder that my parents will not always be around, nor will I always be around for my children. Cherish each moment with your family.