Life

A Horrific Accident

I think I just witnessed someone dying.

I’m so upset by this that I can barely see the screen through my tears. And I’m trembling.

And my God, I’m completely freaked out by what I saw.

I had to call my husband because I had to talk to someone or I was going to implode.

Let me see if I can explain this coherently …

I had stopped at Starbuck’s to buy a decaf Peppermint Mocha Twist (have you had one of these yet?? Liquid heaven) and I was on my way to the library to get my daily word count in before I went grocery shopping (something I do every Friday and hate to do every Friday).

I’m going south on Campbell and I’m approaching the intersection of Republic Road and Campbell when I see this white S10 pickup truck go bouncing to the side about two car lengths in front of me, in my lane.

My first thought was, what in the world is that truck bouncing for, how odd, trucks don’t bounce.

And then I saw the smoke.

And then I saw a moving van/truck come to a halt.

And then I realized, the man in the S10 truck had just been t-boned. The driver side of the truck was hit, head on by the moving truck.

You know how small S10 trucks are, right? It was like watching a mama bear giving her baby bear a push and the baby bear nearly toppling over from the sheer size and weight of mama bear.

The light turned red.

And I sat there, horrified, my eyes glued to the white S10 truck. It was like watching a crash scene from a movie – it was just surreal.

The people in the car next to me had their hands clamped to their mouths in horror – even their little dog, who had his head out the window, even the dog’s eyes were wide as if he understood what just happened.

The man in the turn lane, the accident had occurred right in front of him and who was in a prime spot to get hit by the S10’s momentum, jumped out of his vehicle and ran over to the man in the S10 truck.

A woman ran toward the accident from the bank on the corner with her cell phone clamped to her ear and she was yelling into her phone.

I was numb. Absolutely no thought went through my head, I was simply too shocked to have seen the moment right after impact. The picture of that truck bouncing to the side and smoke pouring from the vehicle still burned into my retinas.

When the light turned green, I switched lanes to get past the accident. The very first coherent thought that went through my head was “Thank God the boys aren’t here to see this.” And the second thought was, “Dear God in heaven, I pray that man is all right.”

I slowly drove through the intersection and past the trucks. There was debris littering the pavement and I took a split second to maneuver around it. Then I passed the S10 white pickup truck.

And I made the mistake of looking.

Dear God in heaven, I will never, ever, forget the look on that poor man’s face as I drove past.

He was tilted to one side, but still upright. It was as if he would have fallen over to the side, but perhaps his seat belt prevented him from doing so.

He was utterly still.

And his eyes were open.

And he had the most gruesome expression frozen on his face that I’ve ever seen in real life. It was a mask of both astonishment and horror.

He never moved a muscle as I drove past. And I was driving pretty slowly, not because I wanted to look at him, but because I didn’t want to get myself into an accident trying to get past him … so it had to be a good two or three seconds before I was forced to look away from him and drive past.

The man never even blinked.

I drove to the library. And I parked my car, turned off my engine and started crying and praying the man would be alright. I’ve never witnessed something so horrific before and I was, am, quite shaken up about it. I called my husband to tell him what was going on.

It helped to talk about it.

And now, life goes on. I’m here at the library, writing about my experience to you. I’m sure 99% of the people at that intersection are most likely to their destinations, another second, minute and hour ticks by and the image of that accident will fade from most people’s minds.

But not mine. I will never forget the sheer horror of witnessing a traumatic turning point in someone’s life. That man in the truck, and who ever was driving the moving truck, their lives, will forever be changed.

And I witnessed it.

I can’t imagine what the person in the moving truck must be feeling right now. Can you imagine being a part of that accident? Of course, the moving truck was barely damaged so I’m quite sure the person driving it is unhurt. But can you imagine the nightmares that person will have at the thought that he/she possibly killed someone?

It just makes me sick to my stomach.

As far as I can, given the speed at which the S10 truck must have been going to be bounced like that and end up where he did, he must have been running a red light. And the moving truck had been accelerating because he had the green light.

I’m quite sure, given the angle and the number of cars at that intersection, the moving truck never saw the the S10 truck until it was too late.

That’s purely speculation on my part, but I don’t see how it could have happened any other way. The light was just turning red when I approached the intersection …

*takes a deep breath*

Wow, what a sobering thing to witness. I will be scouring our local newspaper for any news on the man. And I pray it only looked serious and that he is okay.

Friday Fun

Friday Craft: Gobble Gobble

Here are some fun, new Thanksgiving crafts from Family Fun:

Is it Time to Eat Yet?

platecloc-k

Display this clever gizmo in a prominent spot, appoint an official clock turner, and your crowd will always know the answer to Thanksgiving Day's most-asked question.

CRAFT MATERIALS:
3 paper plates
Cardboard
Packing peanuts for carrots
Tissue paper for peas
Scissors
Cotton balls
Ruler
Pencil
Nail
Permanent marker
Glue
Paper fastener
Tacky glue
Plastic fork and knife

Time needed: About 1 Hour
1. For a custom clock, have your kids hunt down the perfect household items for making faux food that reflects your feast's menu. We used cardboard for turkey slices, trimmed and painted packing peanuts for carrots, and wadded tissue paper for peas. The cutout square from our clock's window made a perfect butter pat to top our cotton-ball mashed potatoes. Once you have the food assembled, create the clock: With a ruler and pencil, determine the exact center point of three paper plates, then use a nail to poke a hole at the center point of each.

2. Cut the rim off one plate and, with a permanent marker, write numbers as shown, 1 inch from the circle's edge. (We wrote on the plate's white underside for better readability and used half-hour increments from 1/2 to 6.) Glue the circle onto one of the other plates.

3. Cut a square window in the remaining plate (size it to be a bit bigger than the numbers), then use the marker to write "When do we eat?" above the window and "Hours to go" under it.

Step 4 - Count It Down 4. Stack the plates and secure them with a paper fastener through their center holes, leaving it a bit loose so that the plates can rotate.

5. Use tacky glue to affix a plastic fork and knife and the faux food of your choice.


Glowbird

turkeyglow

Create a flock of these bright votive holders: they're a great project for kids and, filled with battery-operated tea lights, a luminous addition to your table.

CRAFT MATERIALS:
Hot glue
Glue gun
1 1/4-inch wooden doll head (available at craft stores)
Small glass bubble votive holder (ours is 4 inches wide by 3 1/2 inches high)
Brush
Mod Podge
Tissue paper
Scissors
Tacky glue
Beads

Time needed: About 2 to 3 Hours
1. Apply a dab of hot glue from a glue gun to the wooden doll head. Then adhere the head to the votive holder.

2. Brush Mod Podge over the head and body, then cover them with overlapping tissue paper scraps. Apply another Mod Podge layer and let it dry for at least 45 minutes.

Step 3 - Glowbird 3. To make the tail feathers, cut 9- by 2-inch strips of tissue paper, bend each in half without creasing it, then twist the ends together. Use a dollop of tacky glue to attach each feather to the body.

Step 4 - Glowbird 4. Cut a beak from a double layer of yellow tissue and affix it with tacky glue. Add two beads for eyes. Cut a long oval of red tissue, twist one end, and affix it as a wattle. Allow the turkey to dry.


Tiny Toms

pineconeturkey

This is one turkey that won't get eaten this Thanksgiving. Your kids can make a flock to decorate the dinner table -- or for all the kid guests to take home as favors.

CRAFT MATERIALS:
Yellow and red felt
Tacky glue
Googly eyes
Brown pom-poms
Pinecones
Pipe cleaners

Time needed: Under 1 Hour
1. For each turkey, cut out a yellow beak and a red wattle from felt. Then glue the beak, wattle, and a pair of googly eyes onto a pom-pom to create the turkey's head.

2. Glue the pom-pom head to the tip of a pinecone. Allow the glue to dry.

3. Wrap a pipe cleaner around the middle of the turkey's cone body, starting from the top and twisting it together a few times on the underside. Separate the ends of the pipe cleaner (below the twists) and bend each tip into a 3-toed foot.

4. For the turkey's tail, individually wrap 3 or 4 pipe cleaners around the back of the pinecone, starting from the underside and twisting them together a few times on the top of the pinecone to secure them. Then loop both ends of each pipe cleaner to shape tail feathers.