Cousins, Sister & Mom
Cousins (& Mom!)
When I was growing up, my cousins were my friends. Our parents got together every weekend and played cards. We weren't allowed around the table, so we played in the other room. Now, as older cousins, we still see each other, we are friends, face book friends, some of us travel together, we do what we can to stay in touch.
I THINK ....if I figured correctly, there are 23 first cousins that came from 7 brothers and sisters. (and spouses of course) And I couldn't even count the second and third cousins, or all the spouses. I don't even know them all.
When Vickie and I got home, it was late Saturday evening. We found out that one of our cousins lost her son. She was the youngest cousin of nine children, in one family. We are not close, I am friends with her sister more than I am her. I did not know her son. But, she is still my cousin. I am hesitant to print this story, because it's private, I'm not sure of all the details, but it seems to be a problem and it scares me.
It's about drugs.
Oddly enough, my sister and I just had a conversation about drugs. She is concerned because the school her daughter will be attending had a drug bust. Middle school age kids... drug bust!
My cousin's son (my 2nd cousin) looked like the all American kid. He was a cub, boy, and eagle scout. I don't know if he had a drug problem, if he over-dosed, or if he just took a bad drug. It doesn't matter. He died from drugs. His Mother walked in the bathroom, saw that he was having a seizure, called 911, and gave him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. He died in ER. That is the story I heard.
He died from a drug. (rumor is heroin)
22 years old.
My sister was telling me that heroin appears to be the drug of choice for these kids. Apparently, it's cheap. I saw on the news a couple of days ago an 18 year old died, in a nearby town, from a 'bad' synthetic drug.
I think about kids and how they think they are invincible.
How they think things happen to everyone else, but not to them.
How they think it won't hurt if they try it just one time.
What can you do?
How do you convince them....
that yes... it can and does, happen to them.