Whenever my dad would see me off at the door, even as grown as I was, he would always holler out to my driver, “be safe on the road, you have some precious cargo on board there” (pointing to me). It was a family phrase he coined. One I remember him saying to me ever since I was small, as a signal to me to buckle up.
When his grandkids came around, it was the same story. Precious cargo, indeed. He knew that a child depended on you to make the right decisions for their safety whilst on the road. And so, every time I strap my own little ones into their car seats, I can’t help but think, “my precious cargo”.
No matter what the situation is at the time of securing them in their seats. Flailing octopus arms and legs or tantrum supreme or even my then-baby screaming for the boob. My job as their parent is to make sure I’m doing everything I can to keep my precious cargo safe.
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