Thursday, February 07, 2008

Luck or Fate?

As I was spinning wildly down my street today and crashing into the curb, narrowly missing a tree, I was strangely calm...

Truly, this is strange for me. Generally, icy roads and I do not get along. Doing donuts in a parking lot was never something I did and losing control on the ice will usually make me inhale loud and fast while clutching the wheel.

When the van skidded to stop, I paused, perpendicular to the curb with my van's huge rear end sticking out into a curve in the road and said a silent "thank you" that there hadn't been any other cars around. None behind me, in front of me or parked on the sides. Any of those things could have brought tragic outcomes. After I got my van out of the pile of icy snow, I realized that Corinne had stopped her tantrum over "More FRUIT CHEWS!! I want some!!!! Nooooowwwww!!!" just before we started our ice-capades. I looked back at her, and saw huge eyes and a solemn expression on her little face.

She knew. She knew how dangerous that situation was and how lucky we were. Even at 2, she knew to shut up and hold on. Did she have a premonition? Did something/someone tell her that I needed quiet to concentrate and keep my cool? I believe so... I know that I've had premonitions of sort throughout my life. A little voice that said, "No, go left today." or "Turn around, Tracey. Look behind you..."

Listening to that voice has saved my butt on occasion and led me to great "coincidences" on others. So. My word to you all today: listen to your inner voice. Pause and look behind you, and enjoy each moment that is presented to you.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow. Luck or fate -- just glad you are both okay.

Lis Garrett said...

I am SO glad you both are okay!!! Oh, how I despise icy roads.

There was one morning, when both Hannah and Jacob were little, that we had to run to the mall to grab a new pair of shoes for Jacob. I new we were supposed to get a HUGE snowstorm, so we left hours before it was predicted to hit. We were in Target for 30 minutes and by the time we came out, it was like a blizzard. So much for the weatherman being correct. We should have been a 15-minute drive back home took us over an hour. The kids were silent the WHOLE way home. Our path home was very hilly and curvy, and there were tons of cars skidding off the road everywhere. At one point, I had to go down a steep hill (I had no choice) and I slid down sideways the entire way. I was almost in tears, I was SO scared. Needless to say, I have never been so thankful to get home.

Type (little) a said...

Maybe it was skill?

And I'm REALLY glad you guys are OK. I hate driving in winter. And I hope you gave her those Fruit Chews. :-)

Tracey said...

2 packs, lil A. 2 packs...

Family Adventure said...

That was eerie. But I'm glad everyone's OK!

Stay safe!

Heidi

Tricia said...

Scary- glad everything's Okay.

Tonya said...

I love your new header! I wish I knew how to do stuff like that on my blog. Could you teach me???

Anyways, I'm so glad you guys are ok. That sounded so scary but you were definitely being taken care of :)

Hannah said...

Wow, how scary!! I am glad you are okay and nobody was hurt.

Beck said...

Yikes - I'm glad you're okay.

carrie said...

Wow, nothing like a little near-death experience to stop a tantrum!

I am so glad you are okay, that must've been scary.

Kami said...

I find my kids seem to clue in too, they are amazing little creatures, these children of ours. I am so glad that you were okay, I've had a few of those icy moments too. Thank goodness there was no one around.

Kami said...

Oh and I love your new banner! How in the world did you make it?

Rebecca said...

Wow, Either way, glad you two are okay!!

kimmy said...

Driving in icy conditions can be scary. I was in a car accident once when my son was 14 months old and I was 3 months pregnant with my daughter. I'll never forget how quiet everything got at impact. Glad to know that you are both okay!

Kimmy

Phoenix said...

I'm so glad you guys are allright.

I have been saved many times by listening to that little intuition voice.

Lizzy in the Burbs said...

So glad that you and Corinne are alright! That had to be very fightening for you, even if you did stay calm. (high five on that!)

I know what you mean, we had a similar thing happen last week, however, it wasn't us doing the sliding, it was a young girl in the car next to us. She came within inches of our van, if she had hit us on the rear bumper we would have been pushed into oncoming traffic. It is a very surreal experience, and you do get the feeling that someone or something is guiding you or protecting you from harm.

Maybe we just shouldn't live in Illinois, Tracey! Wanna move to Florida? :)

Lizzy

Kristi said...

Wow. That is scary. Very scary. I'm so glad the two of you were okay.

La La Leah said...

Glad you are all O.K.! My children get strangely quiet when I either accelerate really quickly or if I have to hit the brakes hard. I do believe in that voice too...

Michelle said...

oh my goodness; how scary! I slid on the ice once (thankfully it was just me in the car) but it sure does make your heart race, or stop, all at the same time. I'm so glad you both are ok!

Alex Elliot said...

Wow both you and Lizzy had close encounters. I'm glad you're okay.

Anonymous said...

Ah yes...I often look back just to capture that image...just in case. Morbid? Maybe. But I'm glad I do it.

Glad you're all alright. This past week was so crappy.

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