Monday, January 17, 2011


No children want to take their Father’s car keys.

Our friend, John reluctantly gave up his driver’s license four years ago but keeps his car garaged. His daughter keeps the keys. He often tells us when his Father turned 84 he had caused two accidents. John and his brother sold their Father’s car. John, age 81, laughs as he remembers his Father claiming he never got the money.

Susan’s brother received a phone call. Their mother had driven to church a few miles from home, but ended up at the Canadian border.

Mr. Dykstra was well known in his community. His house was on the same street as an elementary school. He backed his car out of his driveway like a rocket regardless of traffic. He then drove through town at 15 miles per hour, ignoring stop signs and other vehicles.

John mourns his loss as he gives his daughter his grocery list for the week. Susan and her brothers are reluctant to deprive their Mother of her independence. Mr. Dykstra’s children acted after he was cited following several crashes and finally hit a school bus.

“Crossing the Rubicon” describes a decision that will take us past the point of no return. If we turn back from the Rubicon we are making a decision.  If we dither along the Rubicon’s banks, trailing a toe in the water, that indecision will also have ramifications. And Time is rarely on our side.

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