The great columnist Dave Barry has a habit of saying “I’m not making this up.” Allow me to borrow that phrase.
Just four days after completing my previous blog about my many adventures in holiday travel, I was on my way to Branson, MO for a fun Thanksgiving weekend with family and friends when I experienced yet another holiday adventure.
Branson is about 200 miles from where I live in the Kansas City suburbs. I was all the way to Springfield, MO on Thanksgiving morning – only 30 minutes from Branson – when I was severely rear-ended at a stoplight. The car that hit me had failed to stop and was going fast enough that its air bags deployed. Just about the entire rear of my car was gone in an instant!
Thank God no one was hurt, and of course that is the ultimate Thanksgiving message, right? I got out of my car and walked back to the one that hit me, which was driven by a nervous young mom. She was OK, and so was the little girl strapped into the car seat in the back of her car. Recognizing the test the universe had sent me, I was calm as I told her to turn her car off and I loaned her my cell phone. No point in getting upset.
A kind passerby stopped to check on us, and the police arrived quickly too. So far, so good. The cop told me he was thankful that he wasn’t at an emergency room or making a notification. Yes, universe, I get the gratitude message!
My car had to be towed to a dealership in Springfield. By chance – or more likely yet another gratitude message from the universe –the relatives I was going to meet in Branson were only a few minutes away from Springfield and picked me up shortly after the tow truck dropped off my car . We continued on to Branson and had a nice weekend with our friends. We didn’t even miss the Thanksgiving buffet!
I had to get a rental car to drive back to Kansas City, and five weeks later my car is still being fixed nearly 200 miles from home. It’s inconvenient, for sure, but I am hopeful I will get by car back early in the new year.
I’m kind of proud of myself for not flipping out over this car wreck. Years ago, I would’ve been much more upset and definitely would’ve felt sorry for myself. But I’m trying to see the big picture here, and think before I react. I don’t know what the universe has in store for me in 2017, but I hope I will keep the spirit of gratitude with me whatever it is. You know what they say about perspective – use it or lose it.