You’ve probably seen those bumper stickers, right? Well, I’ve usually ignored them and kept on driving with my smug I am in total control of my vehicle while I drive and talk, thankyousokindly attitude. I consider myself a good driver. I’m very defensive when I drive…always paying attention to things around me. Even when I have the right of way I don’t blast through an intersection without checking the traffic to my right and left. I rarely drive over the speed limit…except through Hillsboro, Texas. Ahem. One morning I was driving and happened to land my radio station on a Focus on the Family broadcast. I mean no disrespect to Dr. Dobson because he is quite a stud in my book, but I rarely listen to the show. It’s hard for me to listen to programs like that because I have to focus really hard. REALLY HARD. Plus, I’d rather hear some tunes, answer my 9-year old’s questions about life or hear my 4-year old make up his own songs. This particular morning the guest was discussing her daughter’s recent fender bender. The accident occurred while she was talking on her cell phone. Gasp. I found myself thinking, “My children will lose their cell phones if they talk on them while they are driving. They need to pay attention to the road and those who are driving near them.” And then a still, small voice whispered ever so gently to me this phrase: Practice what you preach. Dang. Because I am all about time management, I often talk on my cell phone while I’m driving. I mean seriously, y’all, there is so much wasted time in the car. Might as well do something useful like call someone back while I’m journeying to my particular destination. I started to visualize having a conversation with my sons one day about this particular issue. I imagined them saying, “But you talk on your cell phone when you drive.” Practice what you preach. Double dang. So, I’ve made a decision. I will no longer talk on the phone or send text messages/email while I am driving. Period. What that means is that I’ll probably jazz up my voice mail message since more people will be hearing it. Could be that I’ll miss out on visiting with some really great folks who I don’t get to talk with often. My sons will also be answering many calls from their dad, I’m quite certain. Please don’t let my decision to do this make you feel bad if you continue to talk on the phone. This decision is actually going to be quite inconvenient for me. But, I am getting to the place in my mothering where I can no longer tell my children what to do. I have to start showing them.