My amazing, kind, brilliant, beautiful oldest son turned 13 last week. While I can’t say that I feel old enough to have a teenager, it’s an awesome journey watching Jedi grow into the wonderful person that he is. He may not always smile for the camera, but he’s responsible, smart, respectful, and just a good kid that I am so very proud of.
And being 13 now, and everything that goes with being a teenager, he’s going to want to exert his independence. It’s normal. It’s typical. It’s also scary. Made even scarier since he happens to have type 1 diabetes. For our peace of mind for a safer walk home, we have Road ID.
This year has been a growth experience for Jedi. Not only does he walk the two blocks to and from school every day, but he’s also been trekking to see his friends more and more. He’s growing up, and heading on his own adventures. That is what teenagers do. While I trust him not to stray from where he should be, I don’t hold the same trust in his blood sugar. What if he goes too low to continue his way home? How might someone get a hold of me if something should happen? They’re scenarios that I hope never occur, but it’s always best to prepare for.
Road ID is a durable, rugged, athletic, fashionable line of identification gear. As a product “trusted by mom”, Road ID was created on the concept that active people should wear ID as part of their gear when participating in outdoor activities. Whether your activity is running, biking, or simply walking to school, ID should be as common and important as putting on a seat belt when getting into a car, or strapping on a bike helmet to go for a ride. Even for, and maybe especially for, kids. In fact, the National Safe Kids Campaign estimates that “every day, 39,000 children are injured seriously enough to require medical attention.”
We chose the Wrist ID Slim 2 Road ID bracelet in black. Engraved on the stainless steel ID plate is my son’s name and emergency contact numbers should the unthinkable happen. It also states that he is type 1 diabetic with a medical badge. But since he is more than his type 1 diabetes, his bracelet also ends with one of my favorite sayings. Carpe Diem. Because my hope for him is to always seize the day.
Even the durable case for his Road ID bracelet comes in handy on his adventures. It’s just the right size to hold just enough carb-boosting snacks should he feel his blood sugar start to go low and keeps them from getting crushed in his school backpack.
I have to say, there’s a flurry of emotions as I watch him take off on his own. He’s the most incredible kid. He’s my heart. But I worry, as moms do. Yet, I know that this is just the start of it. He’s only 13, with so many more places to go and days to seize. But I also know that I will do whatever I can to make sure he always has a safer walk home.
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