Sunday, May 24, 2009
...just for a second , that's all it takes!
Two weeks ago my son Kevin was stopped at a stop light about five minutes from home. He had worked the early morning shift (2 -11 am) milking cows at a nearby farm and was on the phone with me, asking if I needed anything from the store.
I was just about to thank him for checking, when I heard him say " OHHHHHH !"
"Kevin...Kevin.. what's wrong...Kevin,"... the phone went dead. I tried to call him back but no answer...
I was calm.. a little unnerved,... you know when the little hairs on the back of your neck start to be stand on end...!
I waited and waited... seemed like forever, when it had only been about five minutes when my phone rang again and it was Kevin saying that he had just been rear ended by a car that he thought was going pretty fast.
I asked Kev if he was alright, was he hurt...? He sounded a little stunned( no kidding Mom!) but said nothing hurt him, so he thought that he was fine.
Kevin then asked me to hold on a minute... and I could hear a male voice asking him if he was hurt, then a minute or so later, I could hear a lady's voice telling Kev that she saw the whole accident and that she could be a witness if he needed her to be. Nice people all around !
Finally I heard the police sirens ...and then Kevin got back on his phone and told me he'd call me in few minutes.
I hung up my phone and just sat quiet for a minute. I breathed in a couple of long breaths and looked up and said "thank you!"
I learned later that the other driver was a local mechanic, out test driving a customers car and had taken his eyes off the road ...just for a second!
Kevin was not seriously hurt, thank God. He was very sore and is bothered by some neck and back pain... but it's getting better. He did end up going to a doctor to get checked out and was told that he has whiplash, not a surprise.
It could have been so much worse,...and it wasn't!
Unfortunately Kevin's Camry didn't fare as well, it was totalled by the insurance company. His car had previously belonged to Jim's mother Mary, and after she died a few years ago, we bought the car from her estate and gave it to Kevin.
Always liked the fact that it had belonged to her... kind of like having one of our own Angels on board.
So now,...after much thought, we are having the Camry fixed.
The body shop owner that did the orriginal appraisal wanted to buy it from us, fix it up and sell it.
So we thought why not, with a new muffler, tail pipe and a little rearranging to the trunk, our daughter Julie will be the new proud ownwer.
Kevin in the meantime has his eye on another car to buy, so it just made sense to us to fix this car and give it to Julie...
....after all, this car comes with it's own angel on board!