Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Could Have Been Worse...

Counting my many blessings
for things could have been a lot worse.
Take tonight for example.
I am on my way to take Sommer to her church activity and Calvin to Scouts.
It was dark.
It was pouring rain.
I quickly yield before turning onto the interstate and see an oncoming car. It appears like they are veering off for the interstate as well.
I go ahead and continue my left turn.
It quickly appears that the car was not veering off but going straight.
I hit the car..driver's side.
Loud CRASH...metal scraping.
The other car spins and spins.
My head spins and spins realizing what I have just done.
Realize Sommer and Calvin are totally fine. I am totally fine. Car still working. Pull over to a safe position. Call Garth.
See other car. Driver's side, totally smashed in. Passenger side, totally smashed in. Wonder if there are kids in this minivan. Wonder if other driver is okay.
Get out of my car in pouring rain and walk over to other car. She is okay but understandably shaken up.
Realize it is one of Sommer's friends in the car I hit. Sommer is upset I hit her friend with my car.
Another car stops to see if we are okay...AFTER 10 minutes. Gentleman waits until police come.
Moments later two other cars are in an identical crash behind me.
Where were the police?
They show up along with firetrucks, ambulance...after 15 minutes!
Grateful I wasn't bleeding to death or it would have been too late.
Grateful everyone was okay.
Grateful I had been driving my huge Suburban...her minivan didn't fare as well.
Grateful I could drive my car home...shattered front headlight and all.
Grateful that although I got a ticket, ruined not only my car but someone else's (this was my first crash ever!), will be paying a deductible, will see insurance go up, will be crossing my fingers the other driver isn't in a mysterious neck brace and with slimy attorney at her side(unlike the non-slimy type...i.e., Garth, Donna and Bruce), will be on the phone multiple times, will wonder if my aching back is just psychological, and will be appearing in court on March 5th...
It Could Have BEEN Worse
And it wasn't.


Monica said...

Wow!!! It was nasty weather tonight!! I'm so glad you are okay. So sorry to hear about the crash. I got rear ended a couple of weeks ago and I was totally scared. I can only imagine what all of you felt! Yikes!! Let us know if you need anything!

just jen said...


i am so glad you are all are right, it could have been much worse!

Jean Allen said...

Even though none of you got hurt, it still can shake you up a lot. Again, glad you are all okay!

Johnsons of Haymarket said...

I am so sorry Heather! How absolutely horrible! I'm sure you were so scared. Thank goodness it wasn't any worse. I'm so glad everyone is alright!

Gina said...

Oh my!! I can't believe it! I'm so glad no one was hurt. How scary!! What a major bummer!

Kristen said...

Heather, wow. Awful. I am so sorry. Yeah, it could have been tons worse but thank goodness you are okay. Maybe, just maybe, they may be lucky enough to get a handicapped sticker like you and they will enjoy the fruits of it as well.

Jayne said...

yuck! not fun. hope you have recovered.

Goose said...

Oh my gosh Heather. Soooo glad you're okay.

Marylin and Jimmy said...

Oh man that is awful!! So glad you are all ok and there weren't any major injuries!! Accidents are so scary! Sorry about your car and hers and the court date and the raise in insurance!

Mandi said...

I can understand Sommer being upset that you hit her friend.:) Glad that everyone was OK!!!

Tami said...

So glad you are all okay!!! We have been through one last year and it was no fun.

jdanders said...

Heather, so glad you are oK. You must have been so shaken up. Scary to get behind wheel again. thinking of you. Brandy