Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Today is the 25th anniversary of my Friend’s death. Roberta Ann Pfeiffer, her fiance Robert and their 2 dogs were killed by a drunk driver on St. Patrick’s Day, 1992. This post is in memory of them.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 40% of traffic fatalities on St. Patrick’s Day involve drunk drivers.

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To help you stay safe on this St. Patrick’s day, I have found a few tools for you to use:

  • NATIONAL DIRECTORY OF DESIGNATED DRIVERS-In many cities across America, there are ’designated driver’ services available.  These companies will actually get both you and your car home safely.
  • UBER-DrinkingAndDriving.Org and Uber are partnering to make sure you never allow yourself to be the Passenger of a drunk driver! If your ride home has been drinking, please please please do NOT get in the car with them. Your first Uber ride is free up to $20 using the DrinkingAndDriving.Org code DADO.
  • SOBERRIDES.ORG-From TxDOT, live public transportation routing info that works everywhere
  • TAKE THE SOBER DRIVER PLEDGE-Follow this link to read and take the pledge to be a sober driver today.

Enjoy your night everyone, but,

PLEASE be safe.

DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE!

Now, onto the main Daily Inspiration-Remember,

you are only limited by your attitude.

 

Roberta Ann Pfeiffer, or Bobbie for short,  was my childhood friend. She was a huge part of my life as a child and anyone who knows me can tell you this. She was my best friend.  We were inseparable. I can honestly say she was my hero and inspiration.

Bobbie had a physical disability, though you’d never know it by the way she lived her life. The best way to describe her disability is to say she was born without a femur in her left leg, putting her knee where her hip was supposed to be. This required the use of an artificial leg. But, this didn’t slow her down in the slightest.

She learned how to ride a bike, and we rode all over town, me with two good legs and her one! She loved to go swimming at the local public pool, even though it required her to take off her leg. People did stare, of course. But it didn’t bother her. If it did, she didn’t let on. Once in a while, she’d make a sassy comment to someone, but in a fun, lighthearted way.

Well, when we were in high school, her family moved about 6 hours away. We kept in touch, for awhile, but slowly we lost contact. Then, on March 17, 1992, St. Patrick”s Day, I got a phone call from Bobbie’s Grandmother. Bobbie, along with her Fiance and their 2 dogs were hit head on by a drunk driver and killed instantly. I was devastated. The world had lost a wonderful soul, but she had left her mark.

She had taught me and everyone around her some valuable lessons. I learned so much from Bobbie, about life, about myself, about confidence and attitude. She embodied all of the quotes I have included above. She focused on what she could do, not what she couldn’t do. It didn’t occur to her to let her disability slow her down.

Now, this has gotten a bit heavy, I know. This is supposed to be uplifting and inspirational. I promise, you’ll leave with a smile on your face. In memory of my friend, I’d like to introduce you to Nico, a boy with 1 leg. Watch this short 2:11 video, as Nico grows and does incredible things. May he, and Bobbie, inspire you to focus on what you can do, not what you can’t do. ENJOY!

Have a SAFE and happy weekend everyone!

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