Sunday, February 19, 2012

I Have Really Got to Clean Out My Car

So, today was an interesting day.  On the way to church this morning I hit a patch of icy road (well, okay, so the whole road was icy), and lost control of my vehicle.  I found myself careening toward the oncoming lanes of traffic, and thought, I've got to turn my wheel.  Anything to avoid a head-on collision.  I turned my steering wheel to the right, and wound up sliding toward the right side of the road.  I managed to hold the wheel steady and maintain a straight line.  I purposely drove into a snowbank to avoid a terrible accident, and when I came to a stop, the angle of my car caused it to flip over on its side.  Nobody was hurt, and it looks like my Jeep is probably fine (minus a side view mirror), but I had it towed to the shop just in case.  I'm feeling incredibly mortal after this week, incredibly grateful for another day to keep living, and grateful for the people who I share this life with.  

Several people stopped to make sure we were okay, helped us climb out of the side of the car, and waited with us for the police to show up.  The police officer didn't write me a ticket since nobody else was involved, and there was no property damage.  Victor was suspended by his seatbelt in the backseat, so he may wind up with some bruising from that, but we are totally fine otherwise.

The worst part about it all, really, is that I am a total slob.  My car was filled with all kinds of embarrassing detritus that went everywhere.  My coffee spilled all over me, so my hair froze as I was waiting for the police and tow truck.  When my car was back on its four wheels I went to get some belongings out, and my mascara, which had landed on my coffee-soaked window, was embedded in the now frozen coffee, so it was stuck there, unmoving.  One of the ketchup packets that I hoard in my center console had exploded, and my car's interior reeked of ketchup.  Very embarrassing.

I don't even feel remotely upset about the accident.  I have only felt extreme gratitude for how flawlessly it happened.  I mean, if you're going to careen across three lanes of traffic twice, and flip your car on its side, then to walk away completely unscathed, and leave everybody else on the road safe and sound, how can you complain about that?


  1. You know you sound just like my daughter! :)

  2. I am so glad you guys are okay!!! :) How scary! Way to handle it! (and go clean your car out!)

  3. Okay, now I'm feeling a little upset about my accident. I don't want the insurance company to total my Jeep! I love that thing! I just hit 200,000 miles on it, and I will be very sad to say goodbye to it.