POT: Convincing Youth to Wait & Watch

Years ago, as my youngest was about to go off to college, he was riding w/ me – a captive audience – – –

He protested at first, when I explained to him I had to tell him something before he left home.

He replied: “Dad I’ve heard you talk of this, thousands of times . . .”

I persisted, telling him I couldn’t live w/ myself, if I didn’t say it.

He stared blankly out the window as I began: “I know you know all this, but someday, one of your friends will hint he’s going to try pot.   When that happens, … convince him to wait, … to watch his friends who are already using … to see them totally changing, to see their lives begin to go down the toilet …   You just may save a friend’s life, if they listen,” I concluded, just as we pulled into our drive.

I expected him to ‘cut & run’ – head into the house immediately as he often did.   He didn’t. Eyes welled up, before he shut the work-van’s door while I was gathering my day’s paperwork, he looked at me, squarely in the eye and said: “I wish you’d have said that to me long ago.”

I never found out who he was referring to, not specifically, but I suspect; I don’t need to know.

Pot is a gateway drug and it’s gone from around 1-2% THC to near 20 times as powerful!  It’s no longer, their parent’s pot!  I know; I’m a former user.

My youngest went on to not only graduate but got his master’s and worked in Children’s Hospital Los Angeles – he’s now returned to Oregon, and works as a counselor.

It was my love for my older children that drove me …  One’s grown and is a fine, man, with his head on straight – I couldn’t be more proud of both my boys!   My daughter?  I still grieve – she’s still struggling ….

We never quit loving our children, no matter how lost they become.  I’ll hate drugs with a passion until I die!  Nothing good comes from “using”!

We make mistakes as we go through life – seems we can only count on God, fervent, persistent prayer, and sometimes . . . eventually, often after learning the hard way, we do things a little bit right.

Thank You Father!  And thank you Drug Watch!

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About josiahe

Watching closely, working to understand all I may, in this "Age of Information", even from my limited view, I can see much of what's going on ..... and I oft see it's going to impact all of us which is why I share it. My focus is to expose evil, and to serve my Lord and savior Jesus in whatever way He shows me. If one waits long enough, better writers will come along and comment; it's just that I have so little patience with the evil that lurks among us and I've wasted so much time and now, there is so little left! WELCOME!
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