August: My car is totaled while Isaac is driving it and another driver hits him. He is not injured.
September: Diana totals her car. She is not injured.
October: Calypso is in a minor fender bender with Isaac's car while hers is in the shop getting transmission work done. No injuries.
Early November: Isaac hits a deer with his car. Deer is a casualty.
Mid-November: Driver in front of me stops short, I rear-end him. Still waiting for word as to whether or not the car to replace the one totaled in August is...totaled. Minor sprains and strains.
Late November (today, in fact): On her way back to Georgia from Pennsylvania Diana is at a full stop on the interstate in Virginia in heavy traffic and another car hits her so hard she spins and winds up in the median. She finds he glasses in the back seat. Diana is concussed and whip-lashed.
Dear God thank you thank you thank you from the depths of my heart for protecting my girl from serious injury. Please, I beg of you though, no more accidents. Every time one of my kids calls me with this information my heart stops and then restarts at levels normally only achieved in cardio classes. I'm so grateful no one has been seriously injured or worse. I'm also feeling quite emotionally whip-lashed by it all. Surely, you understand what this sort of thing does to a mama's heart. I know I am a fortunate mama because I get to hug my kids again but ya gotta know it all terrifies me that one day that may not be the case.
Dear Diana, Calypso, and Isaac, I know you think I am silly because I always want to hug you before you leave the house and tell you I love you. Please indulge me. This is not frivolous. I needed to do it before all this crashing began occurring. Even more so now.
Dear family from North Carolina, thank you thank you thank you for getting to my girl and taking her someplace where she can rest peacefully and for helping her sort out practical logistics while letting her head rest and heal.
Now someone please remind me how exactly this breathing thing works.....
*Mackinac bans nearly all motor vehicles. Sounds good to me right now.