Minutes later and my heart still raced. Sweaty palms. Replaying over and over how it happened, I still cannot get it out of my mind.
I was not texting or talking on the phone. As a matter of fact, my phone was zipped in my purse on the floor of my car. No alcohol or drugs were involved. My radio was off and I was not fiddling with the dial. Alone in the car, the AC was set exactly right, the top was down and the windows open. I was not daydreaming.
I didn’t see her. It is probable that she stepped from behind the bus to cross the street. It is the only explanation that makes any sense.
Rather than trying to provide you with the minutia I will just repeat that I never saw her. I looked each way twice before pulling out to make the left turn.
As I began to make the turn I hear a quiet voice say, “Are you ‘effin serious?” and wondered from where the voice originated. Swinging my head to the left I saw a young woman, headphones in her ears standing less than a foot from where I was turning.
As I looked in my side-view mirror she proceeded to walk across the street at a leisurely pace. I attempted to process it all.
As I told a friend later, I do not know how this woman got to the middle of the street without me even seeing her. She escaped death or severe injury and I was spared as well, in a different way.
On one hand, I wanted to turn the car around and apologize to her. Another part of me was wondering why she would step to the middle of a busy street if she saw me heading her way. Maybe she never saw me.
I was reminded of how quickly life can change.
Accidents do happen. (And sometimes they don’t, thanks be to God!)
Not all things are done with malicious intent but consequences often are so far-reaching.
A dear friend of mine was involved in an accident that ended in a fatality. My friend was not at fault but was haunted by it for decades. It was an accident.
Perhaps you’ve seen in the news recently, as I have, about a child and a gorilla or a mother and the death of 4 of her children as they were in an auto accident. My heart breaks for all involved and all that are impacted. I’m certain yours does as well. What will never ever EVER help is the finger pointing and lunacy of the comments directed at those involved.
Lives are shattered.
Accidents happen (And sometimes they don’t, thanks be to God!)
Rude, name-calling comments on social media will not bring back the gorilla or the 4 children.
When faced with a near catastrophe, as I was this week, I am reminded that we all make mistakes or miss things or look away for a moment or have a tire issue or …
Somberly, but with gratefulness, I share this story of a near miss as my Thankful Thursday post.
Thank you for reading!