Today, I write with a VERY thankful heart. Yesterday was pretty eventful for me, to say the least. I was leaving my office to go walk a friend's sweet dog on my lunch break, and just as I was pulling on to Broadway where it turns into 21st Avenue South (in front of Varsity Grille, for you local folks), a SUV coming the opposite direction plowed into the driver's side of my car. Thankfully, the side air bags deployed, which I didn't even know my car had, and they protected me from both windows shattering on impact, and who knows what other kind of damage. It was my great fortune that a wonderful man driving behind me witnessed the accident happen, and stopped immediately to check on me and stayed with me to give the police report and until Mr. T could arrive on the scene. Believe me when I say there really are good people in the world, and he is without a doubt one of them. I learned today that the other driver admitted fault, saying he looked down momentarily, completely missing the bend in the road. I can only speculate a cell phone or some other distraction was involved, and it has really made me mindful of paying attention when I'm behind the wheel. In fact, I've been a little hesitant to get back behind the wheel today, even in my super-safe Volkswagen Jetta rental car (complete with side airbags, which I made sure to request). So here's the last of my little 2003 Honda Accord, affectionately known as White Lightning... she has been declared a total loss and has gone on to Junkyard Heaven.
Just after the accident happened - look at how close that crash could have been to the gas tank!
My super fantastic awesome incredible side airbags, which protected me from all that glass shattering right into my head. The tender spot it left behind from hitting me is my own little love bump, and I'm happy to have it. Can you believe I only walked away with that bump and a few small scratches and cuts on my legs from the broken glass? Again I say, so thankful.
So do me a favor on this glorious Friday. Love on the ones that mean the most to you, and never for one minute take them for granted. Have that extra helping of whatever makes you happy. And above all else, make sure your car has side airbags! I'll begin car shopping this weekend, and you better believe that will be on the top of my checklist for my next set of wheels!