Christmas every year has always been such a challenge for me. Like most of you women reading this, I want to get the perfect gift for my man. However, gift buying for Bryan is nearly impossible. But there was this one Christmas that he told me exactly what he wanted.
“A ROAD iD bracelet”, is what he said.
Excuse me. A what??
You want a bracelet for Christmas? Tell me more, I said to him. I had never heard of ROAD iD before Bryan mentioned it for the first time.
After he explained ROAD iD, I was sold. And when he told me that it was going to be less than $30, I was even more sold.
I can get the perfect gift, one that Bryan picked out, I might add, for less than $30? This really was going to be the perfect gift. Our history of gift buying usually goes something like this.
I stress out over what I am going to get him. The gift that I end up buying goes in a drawer, on a shelf, or in the closet, never to be used or seen again. Other times, the gift might even get returned. Your story of buying a loved one a gift might sound a lot like our story.
But not this time, the gift of ROAD iD Sport Nylon bracelet was a success! How do I know this? Because Bryan wore it every day, for every mile, each time he stepped out the door and onto the pavement. It is a peace of mind for me knowing that that person I care most about in this world always has identification on him.
Before ROAD iD, I would worry about Bryan every time he would leave the house or a run. Whether it was 4:30 a.m. for a Saturday long run, an afternoon run in the spring time, or an early evening run during the winter, I would always worry. I frequently asked him to carry his phone or some sort of an identification card which never resulted in him agreeing. However, something changed during that first run with ROAD iD.
I had peace of mind. I no longer had the sick feeling deep in my stomach.
Could something still happen to him on his run? Yes, of course it could. But if something happens, I know that I will be contacted quickly and there is also a backup contact should I not answer my phone. Bryan’s medical history is listed for the first responders should something happen. I have a peace of mind knowing that if he needs help, he will get it.
Now I am taking off my wife hat and putting on my momma hat. I wanted the same peace of mind with my kids that I have experienced with my husband. I have to admit, I can be overcome with fear and anxiety pretty quick when I begin to even remotely think about one of our children being lost.
You know those few seconds at Target when your kids are in the toy aisle and they go around the corner? You lost sight of them for what seems like minutes but in reality, it’s just a few seconds. Once you can see them again, your heart rate decreases and the shot of adrenaline slowly leaves your bloodstream.
Or what about when they are outside playing at the neighbors but when you go over the tell them it’s time to come home, they are nowhere to be found. After a few minutes of minor panic, they come running around the corner from the house across the street and act like nothing was wrong even though you were ready to all 911 and the Navy Seals for a search and rescue mission.
With each child wearing their own ROAD iD, I do have the same peace of mind. I still get the lump in my throat even as I type this from the thought of losing my babies but if they would find themselves lost, they both know that both my number and Bryan’s number are listed for someone to call us.
Whether we are at the Kansas City Royals game amidst the sea of blue or at the end of a marathon with thousands of spectators, we know that our kids have their ROAD iD on. If by chance, we would get separated from them, we know that someone would call us.
There are more layers to the peace that I experience as a mom.
Cayson has asthma. Before having an asthmatic child, I had no idea that asthma is the leading chronic disease in children. I didn’t understand the severity of asthma attacks and the risk of an attack going untreated. On Cayson’s Elite iD, we have the word ASTHMA listed and also the medical alert sign as one of his badges to draw attention to his medical need. With just a quick glance, first responders will that he has asthma. This gives me a piece of mind anytime he is away from us at church, a friend’s house, baseball, or school.
And as a mother of two, I will take advantage of any piece of mind that I can get.
Bryan and Shayla Moffitt live in Kansas City with their two kids, Addyson and Cayson. See more about their experience as a ROAD iD family at this link.