Don"t Want to Breakdown Here  

CandyKissBaby 61F
1919 posts
9/21/2005 7:33 am

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Don"t Want to Breakdown Here

The other night I was alone, hubby was in bed already & my sons were away... I was watching TV, when a commercial came on, one I'd never seen before. I think it was an Allstate commercial, or some other auto insurance one, about parents getting a late night call about their son, who was in an accident. Of course they rush to the hospital & find he is alive.
OMG... I couldn't hold back the tears & I started to cry. I couldn't stop crying. It was such an emotional moment, I'm glad I was alone at the time, but it would have been nice to have had someone there to hold & hug me also.

Has anyone ever had an experience like this?


warmandsexy52 64M
13164 posts
9/21/2005 9:55 am

We have a public information clip in the UK which sometimes comes out with the commercials, encouraging people to keep their smoke alarms in working order. The film fixes on a man's face and draws back to show him staring, devastated, at his burned out home. And all he can hear is the ghostly disembodied voice of his daughter talking to her daddy. The slogan is, "You don't have to be killed for fire to destroy your life." The impact is like being hit with an emotional atom bomb.

I know of a mother who sent a mobile phone text to her 13 year old daughter in the middle of a school lesson that grandad had been rushed to hospital and was dying. Poor kid just went from being a normal teenager to total emotional fragmentation in seconds. Grandad, incidentally, survived.

Maybe it's reasonable to expect public safety films to hit us where it hurts, and maybe we ought to expect insurance companies to try to press those buttons to get our hard-earned cash (not that I approve of it), but personal insensitivity and failure to engage with emotional response never fails to sadden me on a number of levels.

rm_ryan45 60M/50F

9/21/2005 6:25 pm

There is nothing that stikes fear into a parents heart like the late night phone call or one from police or hospital. Having lived through them I speak firsthand. All the hospital can tell you is to come to the hospital immediatly.

BROC817 44M

9/22/2005 2:18 pm

well with my kids living with my ex wife i cant help but worry every day....thank god i can call there with out hassle and there always ok...

IronsFetesSinai 56M
225 posts
9/24/2005 5:01 pm

When I was on the part time fire dept. Seen as show about reaching a car wreck. The guy was one and found his famly in it. It made me quit, didn't want to have something like that happen. Lukly nothing ever did.

CandyKissBaby 61F

9/24/2005 9:15 pm

my breakdown was a result of my sons accident on his harley. being hit head-on suddenly, the accident happening so fast he didn't even let off the throttle. he was so lucky! the commercial i seen brought back all those feelings of seeing him in the E.R. & after emergency surgery.


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