Just because you are doing it slowly doesn’t mean you aren’t doing it.
On the way to work this morning, I was talking to my sister Laurie on my cell phone (with my ear piece, of course). I was getting on the highway when I looked in my rear view mirror. I saw an oversized woman sitting in her car with a little girl in the front seat and some kids in the back. Her windows were closed. Nothing really struck me, besides the fact that she had a little girl about two feet tall sitting in the front seat. I kept looking, when she brought a lit cigarette to her mouth for a nice puff. Hmmm, I thought, your kids have absolutely no idea that; 1. you are killing them with the second hand smoke, 2. you are forcing a cigarette addiction on them, and 3. you are forcing them to think that smoking is ok.
I turned on to the highway and started driving, a little troubled. I wanted to pull her over to smack her. After a few miles, she just happened to pass me in the left lane. I looked over and noticed that her windows were still up and they had that nice dirty smoke staining on them. Apparently, she has done this quite a bit.
I remember back one time when Craig and I were sitting at the deli eating lunch. We were out at a picnic table near the parking lot. I woman in a caravan had a full load of kids. We sat there watching as she rolled up the windows, turned on the A/C and light a cigarette. Craig got very angry and walked over to the car. He knocked on the window and she rolled it down. He said, “Can you please not smoke in your car with the windows up while there are children in there?” The woman got very angry, rolled up the windows and drove away. Heaven forbid someone actually speak up for the kids she is killing.
I read an article the other day on the Drudge Report. It was titled, “100-year-old celebrates her birthday by smoking 170,000th cigarette.” I thought to myself, “Wow, I am very proud of her. I wonder how many other people in her life she has brought down because of her smoking?” There is nothing like not being totally selfish.
Ok, so here it is. If you are reading this and you smoke in your car while there are kids nearby, you are killing them. If no one has ever told you that, I just did.