Bud: "MOM, WE NEED YOU RIGHT NOW!"
Momx2: "What happened?"
Bud: "CHEERLEADER GIRL HIT A TREE!"
Momx2: "WHAT!!!!OMG!!!! ARE YOU GUYS OK?!?!?!?!?!!?"
Bud: "Yes, her lip is bleeding and the car is kind of a mess, but I think we are ok"
Momx2: "THANK YOU GOD FOR WATCHING OVER MY CHILDREN!"
Yesterday afternoon, the above conversation occured between my son and me shortly after his sister ran off the road and slammed her car into a tree. Due to the lovely nor'easter we have been having here, the roads are VERY wet, the yards are VERY muddy and the wind has been blowing VERY hard. As a result, driving has proven to be somewhat difficult. The road she was on is narrow and winding and not the most fun to drive on a dry, sunny day. Her right, front tire slipped of the side of the road, and she skidded in the mud only to come to a stop after the car collided with a tree.
I cannot begin to describe the fear that ripped through me, first when I got the dreaded call, and again when I rolled up on the scene of the accident. I had already called my parents, who live only a short (at the time probably very long) 5 minutes away and they arrived before I did. Fire, rescue and police were also there. There is nothing more scary then red and blue lights, knowing your children were somehow involved.
As I write this today, I am so very thankful! I am thankful that my children are both okay. Although it may sound strange, I am thankful my son was there to help my daughter deal with whatever was happening. He came through for her and was her rock until my parents arrived. Had she been alone I don't know how she would have handled it. I am thankful my parents live close and dropped everything to be there from my children when I called. I love them! I am thankful for the nice man, whose name noone got, stopped and tried to help them and stayed with them until the police arrived. I am thankful for the 911 operator who help keep CG calm so she could give him the information he needed. I am thankful for the officer who did not give her a ticket and was so unbelievably nice to my family. I am thankful that I received the call from my son, rather than the paramedics, or from an ER nurse.
But most of all, I am thankful that God was watching over my children yesterday. That He did not let anything serious happen to them and that they both walked away.
Hold your babies close, and don't take anything for granted.
It can all be gone in the blink of an eye.