candy69sosweet 61F
10901 posts
11/18/2005 11:46 pm

Today I am thanking God for my life.

Yes, this is the time of year when we should reflect on what we have, and what is most precious to us. But for me, these words take on a deeper meaning. See, 14 years ago, I was almost killed in an auto accident.

It was Thanksgiving night, about 7:30PM. We were driving from my parents' house to my mother-in-law's, when out of the darkness a drunk driver hit us head on. We never saw him approach, because in his drunken state, he didn't think it was necessary to have his headlights on. I wasn't wearing my seat belt, and was sitting in the 'death seat' most people call the passenger seat.

The only reason I'm alive today is because I love to talk. I was sitting sideways talking to my hubby. When we got hit, instead of projecting through the windshield (which surely would have killed me!) I slid down between the dash and the seat. I did have facial injuries, which resulted in some plastic surgery, but I am alive.

And I thank God every day for each breath that I take!

Today, I was almost killed again. In another car accident. I was traveling in the left lane of a divided highway, two lanes in each direction. There was a vehicle in the right lane going slower than I. As I approached him, another SUV...came up on my right and passed me.

But not completely.

He decided that he wanted to get in front of me, however he had not cleared my front fender when he started into my lane. No directional light that I could see. Of course this IS RI and most Rhode Islanders think directional signals are for sissys. Also, I couldn't see his rear lights as he had not yet passed me.

I honked the horn, but he still was coming, so I jerked the wheel to the left to avoid hitting him. My left wheels hit the grass median. I was petrified that I'd cross into oncoming traffic, so I jerked the wheel to the right.

The car fish-tailed and the rear hit a hoghway sign. I crossed the two lanes, probably still going 40 MPH or so. I swerved a bit trying to get my car straightened out and stopped. Finally came to rest in the median once again.

The SUV pulled in behind me. He was all apologetic, and asked if I was OK. I was shaking like a leaf! Looked at him, a young kid about 30, and said, "You GOTTA look before you change lanes!"

So tonight I ache like an old lady. Seems that every muscle in my body is screaming out in pain. But once again, I have cheated the Grim Reaper!

Thank you for my life God.

Kisses & Hugs,

~Friendship is a gift given from the heart and treasured forever~

rm_luke69iner 48M
3275 posts
11/23/2005 1:57 pm

Glad to hear you are alright.

I agree with Foxtrotter, say "i love you" to the people who means a lot to you

Life is short and each day is uncertain

S'io credesse che mia risposta fosse
A persona che mai tornasse al mondo,
Questa fiamma staria senza piu scosse.
Ma perciocche giammai di questo fondo
Non torno vivo alcun, s'i'odo il vero,
Senza tema d'infamia ti rispondo

rm_Ptalk1155 34M
3450 posts
11/21/2005 12:11 pm

Yes, having lived in RI for most of my life, I know exactly what you mean about the drivers, particularly the closer to Providence you get. I've had to make more than one fun manuever on my way to TF Green to stay alive. I still think MA drivers are worse though. I also despise SUVs for this very reason, the people driving them are completely oblivious to everything around them either because they can't see with that monstrosity obscuring their (and my) view or they don't care.

Glad to hear you're alright.

rm_1hotwahine 63F
21091 posts
11/20/2005 10:47 pm

Sometimes I am amazed that we don't crack ourselves up in cars all the time. Glad it turned out ok. And maybe the SUV driver learned something that he would not have otherwise learned. Whew...

Yeah, I'm still [blog 1hotwahine]

nude49fun 67M

11/19/2005 8:33 pm

Well, I am glad you are alive.

However, as you know driving in the Banana Republic of Rhode Island is an adventure at all times.

What amazes me is not that the young man stopped, which is in itself unusual in RI, the folks usually drive by and let folks bleed to death, or just drive away if they caused the accident, but that he didnt say at least, "sorry, i didnt see you in my mirror " or something

People just dont give a damn about anyone but themselves most of the time

oldman1776 78M
3164 posts
11/19/2005 8:25 am

Its not only in RI that people don't look or use there signals it every where. Thank god your alive.

papyrina 51F
21133 posts
11/19/2005 7:46 am

i'm glad your still here so we can enjoy you too,

what a lcuky person,some angel is really working overtim sitting on your shouldier

I'm a

i'm here to stay

slidein2meplz 61F
1994 posts
11/19/2005 7:13 am

Oh thank goodness...Candy. At least the kid was decent and reponsible enough to realize what he caused and stopped to check to see that you were ok. Most people wouldn't have....they would've just kept going and not allowing themselves to acknowledge that they caused someone to nearly have an accident. I am so glad your ok. Also, I am thankful you like to talk...and that your my friend. Luv Ya..{=}

~~~ Just me, poppin to say HI! ~~

mygmyg 59M

11/19/2005 5:59 am

Candy, thankful you were not hurt Friday! Great reactions can only be used if your an alert and a defensive driver! Great Job, on both counts.
Surprised the cause of the accident even stopped!!

I often wish I had a loud speaker system to yell at drivers, "Didn't an Instruction Manual come with that 30 thousand dollar car? F'in' read the section on signaling, you moron!", of course one needs to avoid them initially, as you did, to employ the speaker system!

Another thing I yell, but I want to get giant driver side door stickers printed up that read--

>>>>>>>> SEARS DRIVING SCHOOL <<<<<<<
>>>>> I STILL NEED 2 MORE WEEKS <<<<<<<
>>>>>> OF REMEDIAL <<<<<<
>>>>>> INSTRUCTIONS!! <<<<<

Of course this requires following the muckerfother, which means there will probably be a line of us behind them when they finally STOP!!!

BUT, seeing their expression, on their oblivious face when they see the Nice bright colors, extra heavy adhesive on the sticker, plastered over the opening on the drivers door, would be priceless.

Me and the twenty other victims standing across the street clapping and taking pictures, and then throwing copies of the drivers manual at the OBLIVIOUS IDIOT!!!

keithcancook 60M
17718 posts
11/19/2005 5:19 am

I hate driving.

However, I am veryverythankful that you have survived the road up to this point.

tillerbabe 55F

11/19/2005 12:54 am

Oh sweetie, I'm thankful for YOU! (Stay tuned for an upcoming post on Drunk driving and seatbelts....)

So glad you were "talking" too! {=}

digdug41 49M

11/19/2005 12:14 am

when god wants you you go thats it your not finshed here yet and yes we do have to be careful on the roads especially now you take care and have a happy and safe thanksgiving

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