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The Scariest Day of My Life // We Need to Do Better

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I am about to tell you about something terrifying that happened a few weeks ago. Many of you may have seen my Facebook post about it, but I wanted to take a moment and try and write out how I am feeling about the situation. This isn’t a light-hearted story, but I need to share it.

We Were on Our Way Home From Stone Mountain

Justin, the kids, and I were traveling on the interstate in Atlanta. For those of you who have experienced Atlanta traffic, you know that you will run into traffic and you will encounter erratic drivers. It’s unavoidable. You may on occasion, run into a situation where someone has road rage. I’m not talking about screaming out a window and making rude gestures. I’m talking about aggressive drivers who believe that they own the road and have no issue running you off the road. On this particular day, Justin was driving about 65-70 MPH and a car approached us from behind going much faster than we anticipated, probably around 100 MPH. I wasn’t paying attention. I was on my phone when I heard Justin ask what the problem was. That’s when I looked up and saw it. 

Literally Staring Down the Barrel of a Gun

This man, in his rage about my husband not driving fast enough for him, pulled up beside us and pulled his gun on us. He had it pointed at me and all I could think to do was wave my hands, shake my head, and plead with this total stranger not to shoot his weapon. He finally lowered his gun and sped off. I was instantly shaking and crying, completely unable to comprehend what had just happened. 

I could have been shot, my husband driving a car full of all of our children, could have been shot. And for what? Driving slower than 100 MPH on a busy highway? The world has to be better than this. Right? I’m so grateful that he chose not to harm us that day, but I shouldn’t have to be. I shouldn’t have to be relieved that someone didn’t happen to shoot at us that day. 

Why Did This Even Happen?

I keep looking back at that afternoon and thinking that we, as humans, have to do better. We have to be kind to one another and spread love, not anger and aggression. We have to teach our children that it’s OK to be angry, but it’s not OK to act on that anger and harm other people. Sending my kids out into a world where people have the capacity for that much violence scares me more than anything. So, how do we fix this? I’m asking because I need an answer. I’m not sure if anyone has the solution, but I do know that as parents, we have the opportunity to teach our children to be better than that. 

What Can We Do?

I know that this isn’t our usual content, but sometimes, we have to get serious about what’s going on around us. I promise we will get back to our regular wacky programming next week. I just hope that by sharing this, we, as a community, can learn from this incident and come up with a solution to create a better world. Follow more of our stories on our Facebook and Instagram and don’t forget to Subscribe to our YouTube channel.  

Comments

  • MICHELLE Wynn
    August 28, 2020

    Omg that is crazy this world is getting crazy. Can even be safe in your car these days. Glad you all are ok.

  • Veronica Forrest Lynch
    August 28, 2020

    I’m sorry you had to go through something so traumatizing and that your children had to witness it. People are so angry and aggressive today, and for what? Glad everything turned out well.

  • Linda I Rosa-Lugo
    August 28, 2020

    It is sad that we have come to this. Growing up in NYC… (the Bronx ); I am glad my single mom prepared me to be resilient and take no nonsense. We have so many unloved, angry people…who would think of nothing to take someone’s life.
    Ami you will both need to have conversations with your children about life for children of color. Sad but true… make sure they take self-defense classes, involve them in activities that make them confident, yes… make sure they speak more than one language… create global citizens…. you guys are wonderful human beings… while we can’t save the entire world… we can prepare our kids to be catalysts for change

    Glad your experience had a safe ending.

  • Darlene
    August 28, 2020

    The only way a change is going to come is “2Chron 7:14 If my people which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin, and heal their land. Yes, we are going to have racism from every nationality some atheists a lot of haters which are all people that don’t believe In Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ until we as Christians turn to God and seek His help by praying, and fasting the world is not going to get any better. I hate to say but it must said. Yes talk to your children tell them about what is going on in this hateful world how to handle themselves and we as parents have to start sending up prayers regarding this matter to The Lord our Heavenly Father. On a lighter note, my parents have 4 sets of twins. I am part of the first set.

  • DeeDee
    August 28, 2020

    Hi Fam, when I read this story, i said that I had to share this with you. This is something that I pray you will do daily. Read Psalms 91 daily..read it with your kids. This is God’s promise of divine protection for us. I am so elated that you are all doing well. Thank God for protecting you and the kids. I pray for you guys and hope that you will never have to go through that horrifying ordeal ever again. Be blessed…Much love to you all.

  • Deborah Lee
    August 29, 2020

    Yes I read about it on Facebook and it was really sad about what happened and glad nothing happened to you and your family and prayers that you all are alright but you can’t never be sure what happens when you are driving

  • GEORGIE WILLIAMSON
    September 1, 2020

    This is such a sad incident. It makes me want to cry. some people are just plain evil. I use to tell my children to call on the name Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!!! when they get really scared. Thank God you all are ok

  • aaliyah
    September 2, 2020

    I love your channel I love watching Facebook and Instagram I just got in your kids channels our field camera I lost all your chain and I want if you guys know the other two twins that your daughter met the one that had one blue eye one brown eye

  • aaliyah
    September 2, 2020

    Ava and Alexis Jerseyare pretty thank you

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