"But Dad Said" . . .
Written By P.J. Britley

THE SMYTH HOME:

ďWell son, are you ready for your first driving lesson? Let me show you how to work all the knobs & dials. This is the radio, volume & CD controls. Very important. Here are the light switches and wiper blade knobs. Also very important. Cigarette lighter & dome lights. This is the gas pedal & this is the brake. Extremely important to know which is which. Ok, got all that?Ē

ďSure dad, but what is this handle on the steering column?Ē

ďThatís just the turn signal. Youíre supposed to use it when you turn or change lanes. No big deal, I donít bother.Ē

SIX MONTHS LATER:

ďSon, Iím proud of you! Passed your driving test on the first try. See, your old man taught you right!Ē

ďDad, the tester said I did well except for the use of my turn signal. He said that was a really important thing to remember.Ē

ďOh, what does he know. They have to tell you that so they donít get in trouble. Iíve been driving for 30 years and Iím still OK! Donít worry about it.Ē

THREE MONTHS LATER...THE FRONT DOOR OF THE SMYTH HOME:

ďMr. Smyth? Iím Officer Davies of the State Patrol. Iím so sorry to have to tell you that your son has been in a car accident. Iím afraid he didnít survive. He was changing lanes, didnít signal and got hit. Iím sorry for your loss. Oh, by the way, maybe this makes sense to you. His last words were, ďBut Dad said it wasnít important."