How Precious Life Is…
How Precious Life Is…I was reminded of this yesterday, March 7, 2017.
It was a normal school day with the exception of it was snowing like crazy. I kept checking the school’s website to see if they had a 2 hour delay or maybe they cancelled. Well, they didn’t. Normally, I would never drive in the snow so what made me decide to this time I still don’t know. The kids and I piled into the car at 7:15 a.m. I wanted to make sure I had plenty of time to get my oldest there not knowing how the roads were.
We made it down our long winding mountain road, with 3 big hills to get up and down before reaching the main road, which is also Hwy. 101. When I tried to turn onto 101 I started to slide so, I knew I would have to drive a little slower. I ended up having to drive a lot slower. Like 30 in a 55 zone slower. When we got into town it was dumping snow, just like at our house, just like on the highway drive in. To the point road lines were no longer visible in town or the highway.
When Things Got Scary…
We made it to drop my oldest off at school. After that we got back on the highway to head home, me, my 3 year old and my 8 month old. As we were coming up to the top of the hill I saw that a semi had hit a little car into the guard rail on the other side. I was still only driving 30 mph, but seeing the wreck I wanted to slow down and come to a slight stop before going by. I wanted to go by safely and slowly. When I gently put my brakes because the road was slick I started sliding at an angle and by this point I was on the down slope of the hill so my car couldn’t stop and only picked up momentum.
I remained relatively calm because I had my 2 youngest with me and I didn’t want my 3 year old to panic. I was probably a car length away from the wreck when my car almost came to a stop, when I looked in my rear view mirror and saw a logging truck (an empty one but trailers still attached) coming behind me. The logging truck was coming and fast. He was trying to slow down but he couldn’t either. He was coming fast and gaining momentum at an angle like I did.
I Have To Save My Kids..
This is when shear panic and adrenaline and I have to think quick or we are going to get hit kicked in. I stepped on the gas trying to get past the first wreck and out of the line of fire from the oncoming logging truck. At first I wasn’t going anywhere and started screaming “oh crap, oh crap, were fixing to get hit, oh crap doodle brace yourself”. The logging truck was getting closer and closer. What seemed like an eternity later my tires got a little traction and I took off and slid at an angle past the first wreck and a long line of backed up cars. We made it to a pull off area and got out of the way before a minute later the logging truck went hauling butt past us.
Once over and out of the way I started crying hysterically and was shaking uncontrollably. I was trying to text my husband what happened because I was crying so hard I couldn’t breathe, let alone talk. I tried calling my mom but she couldn’t understand anything I was saying. My husband was trying to find out what happened but couldn’t understand me either. Finally a little calm I was able to tell my husband what happened and he immediately left to come to us. Even though we were pulled off I have never felt more like a sitting target. Cars were sliding past me left and right. It was the longest hour of waiting for my husband in my life. There was such a feeling of relief and everything is going to be ok when I saw my husbands truck coming.
All I Could Think…
All I could think was…What if I hadn’t looked up and seen the truck coming? What if I hadn’t reacted how I did? That truck would of smashed us into the guard rail, it could of flipped us, it could of ran us into the semi from the first wreck where we would of been pinned between the 2 trucks. It could of put us in the hospital or I might not be sitting here writing his blog. Who knows. All I know is life is to precious and I was reminded just how precious life is yesterday.
Count your blessings. Love your family. Because you just never know…..
Love and blessings to you all