Dec 22, 2008

I'm feeling lucky

I regret to say that my posts will be few and far between until we get a new computer and Internet hook-up at home.
Imagine this:
Your cruising along at 55 miles per hour on an undivided highway. There is no one in front of you, you have a clear view of the icy road ahead. Out of nowhere, it seems, a white pickup comes barreling out of the opposing traffic and starts heading for the guardrail. Right in front of you. It's only about 20 yards away, and you know this old tank your driving isn't going to stop in time. Not on these roads. You are completely helpless. You brace yourself for the crash. It is so powerful, yet you feel no pain. Your view is suddenly blocked when your airbags explode sending a horrible burning smell into the air. You feel your car twist around without actually seeing it. A scream pierces the air and you suddenly realize that it comes from your own mouth. Your car, mercifully, comes to a stop. You jump out, unsure of what to do next. Looking across the highway, you see a girl in a white pickup banging on her window and yelling, it takes a moment to realize that she can't get out. You run across and open her door and finally hear her voice, she's yelling "I need a phone! Does anyone have a phone?!" You run back to your car saying "yeah, it's in my purse!" Or course, by the time you extract it from your mangled car, someone else has already helped her. You glance in the direction you've come and see the flashing lights of the police, ambulance, and fire trucks. All racing in your direction. The thought crosses your mind that you should call the police.
Oh wait, someone already did.
Now imagine that was me.
I am so lucky to have survived. I hate to sound so dramatic but really, not many people can walk away from a head-on collision with nothing more than a bruised knee and a small cut on their shin. Especially when the bed of the truck that they just ran into held cinder blocks, one of which landed on the windshield. There are times like this when you know that God truly is watching over you.
On another note, the other driver had a revoked license. She wasn't even supposed to be on the road, and was apparently arrested.
We still haven't had a chance to look at the car. It was our '93 Intrepid, so other than the inconvenience of being out of a car, it wasn't a real big loss.

I've been feeling so lucky these past couple of days! Let's all count our blessings this holiday season!

12 comments:

Sue said...

How scary, glad you are okay!

Laura Jean said...

As I read that, it made me recall- very cleary, I might add- an accident we were in a few years ago. I remember the burned smoky smell, and not daring to look at my legs because I was sure I would see a bare bone poking out- they were pinned against the dash, but only bruised- no break! Definitely someone watching from above, righ? I'm glad you're okay! Have a Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Thank God that you are OK. You can always get another car down the road. Icy roads are the worst to drive on. Make sure that you & Jeff take it easy when you come down here for Christmas. Looking forward to seeing you again!!!!!
Love, Grandma L

Amanda Kay said...

So glad you are okay! See you in a few!

Sharyn said...

So glad you're okay!
I think you need to move back home - much safer down here. ;)

Megan Lorraine said...

Merry Christmas Heidi!

JoLynn said...

Wow...yikes...that sounded scary! That sounds like a miracle to me that you are fine! Hope that you enjoy this Christmas to the fullest.

Barbara said...

So happy your fine! Hope your Christmas is wondeful spent with your family and friends.

Amy L said...

Wow - these roads can sure be scary sometimes. Glad that you are ok.

Yvonne ~ A Fighting Optimist said...

you had my heart racing and then to find out it actually happened. Heidi we are so happy you are ok! Man OH Man girl!

Cami said...

Glad to hear that you're doing good...hope your Christmas was an enjoyable one! : ) What a scary thing to happen!

Pete/Heidi said...

Glad to hear that you are doing okay! How scary! Heidi