Wednesday, August 1, 2012

My Winner, My Auto Accident and Prayers Needed

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MY AUTO ACCIDENT THIS MORNING:
What a way to start off August 2012 ?!?!...


with many spoken and unspoken thanks to the Lord!
I was forced off the highway this morning,
by a truck making a U turn... 
a man, a fellow, a YOUNG fellow, a college freshman,
making his way to Georgia Southern University,
who said he got off on the wrong exit, and
pulled off to the side of the road to turn around,
and then...
I saw that HE didn't see ME...
I slammed on breaks and I blew my horn - no -
I BANGED my horn - but he kept on turning into the road...
NATURAL INSTINCT made me veer my truck into the
oncoming traffic lane...
THANK YOU, GOD, THAT NO ONE WAS IN THAT LANE!!!
that lane, traveled by so many, Cars and Trucks,
 18 wheelers, and log trucks, that cannot stop on a dime.
In those seconds, those very few mili-seconds,
that it takes for BRAIN to say,
"He's not stopping!!! He's gonna hit me!!!"
and then, veering my truck in order to MISS HIM, and
thinking, "I'm gonna get hit head on by another vehicle!!!"
AGAIN, THANK YOU, GOD, THAT NO ONE WAS IN THAT LANE!!!
and then, not knowing what, or who, I'm about to hit,
or where my truck is going to land 
as I feel it leave the pavement...

I landed, straight up, (no flipping, thank GOD)
in a field of peanuts, the dirt softened by
the late afternoon thunder storms we've been having.
I slid to a stop and sat there, BRAIN processing
everything that had just happened.
Other than my heart pounding harder than an
Atlantic hurricane can churn and blow,
I was not hurt. THANK YOU, GOD!
When BRAIN realized all this, I got out of the truck.

HE (his truck) was still sitting sideways in the ONCOMING
TRAFFIC LANE, in shock of what he just did, I guess.
And then, he got out, and I saw he was a kid, 
and the fear in his eyes of what he just did.
He asked if I was alright, I said yes.
He finally pulled his truck off the highway.
No one was hurt. 
NO ONE WAS HURT!
THANK YOU, GOD!
Then the procedure - the call to the insurance company,
to 9-1-1, the show of insurance cards, the call to my husband,
who was almost half way into his 70 + mile trip to work,
then the kid's "I'm so sorry's"...
After seeing that neither one of us was injured, 
I crunk up the truck and the engine sounded like
it was going to explode, so I turned it back off.
Then more of his "I'm so sorry!"
I could feel the anger welling up in me,
toward this kid, and I looked and him and said,
"Thank God no one was coming in that other lane,
and no one is hurt." That's all I could say.
That is all I kept on saying. 
And then the anger left, and thankfulness replaced it.

My husband arrived before the Sherrif and the GSP.
I had told him on the phone that I was not hurt.
So he began to access the damage.
He turned the key and no sound... call to the wrecker...
haul to mechanic's shop... 
copy of the GSP report to the insurance company.
Husband is not feeling well, and this has put
 a serious kink in his daily work schedule.
He drives me home, and must go back to Augusta.
My day is also shot, but I'm not angry.
I AM SO THANKFUL TO BE ALIVE.
NOT A HAIR ON MY HEAD IS HURT (OR THE KID'S)
This kid, who doesn't have a clue about REAL life yet,
has been given a (second?)chance to live, and
he probably doesn't even know it yet, or even appreciate it yet.
He is probably more concerned with what his parent(s)
are going to say and do when they find out. 
And ME? I'm not hurt, and yet all I can do is sit here
and cry as I type this, because I'm about to be 49,
and I KNOW what kind of things LIFE can throw at you,
and I have survived it, more like, still able to cope with it.

Today, I am here, but COULD have NOT been.
That is sobering.

I get to hug and kiss my granddaughter tonight.

I get to hug and kiss my whole family tonight.

So what am I crying about? 

I could have died this morning.

My eldest sister is having MAJOR surgery tomorrow.
PRAYERS PLEASE!

My B-I-L is recovering from an aneurysm.

My son was injured at work 3 weeks ago, but could have 
lost his entire left arm. He is also having 
serious back problems. At age 23.

Two nights ago, Jorge "officially" asked my
husband for our daughter's hand in marriage.
INSERT HAPPINESS HERE!

In two more days, my daughter's fiance will get
on a plane headed back to Spain 
(to finish his Master's degree)
and she will not see him again until Christmas, 
and she has just started a new job, (insert stress here) 
and she is going to miss him so much, (insert more stress here)
and my heart aches for her, 
because I know how much she will miss him.

PRAYERS PLEASE!

It is a bittersweet sort of cry tonight.
But so thankful.
So very, very  thankful.

9 comments:

  1. It sounds like you have a lot of stress going on at once! Hang in there... maybe you're getting all the stress for the rest of the year at once. Now, the rest of your year will be a breeze! :)

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  2. I'm so glad that no one was hurt and I hope you're feeling better. I'll pray the Thrifty Crafty Girl is right!

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  3. JoAnn - so glad you are ok! That was one scary day for you - sounds like you've got a lot of stress with your son too! I wish you all the best and hope all goes well for you and your family.
    Deep cleansing breaths!
    Kelly

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  4. Thank You so much!! I'm so glad nothing horrible happened!! Your thoughts brought me to tears because I would feel exactly the same way.

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  5. Just sent up prayers that you will know and feel God's peace at this stressful time.

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  6. THANK YOU SO MUCH LADIES - YOUR COMMENTS AND PRAYERS ARE VERY UPLIFTING AND APPRECIATED!

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  7. Wow! You really had yourself a day! Isn't it wonderful when we get a true look at how God is looking out for us. I'm very happy that you and this young man are alright. Hopefully he will learn the lesson, that when you miss your turn off . . . you keep traveling until you get to the next one. It doesn't matter how far . . . out here in the west that could be 15 to 50 miles, but it's better than breaking the law and taking a chance. Most laws are made with safety in mind. God bless you and your family, have a wonderful evening, Connie :)

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