Saturday, October 13

a sobering thought

This morning when I went out to pick tomatoes, my husband went into town to take care of a couple of errands. While I was up to my elbows in tomatoes and about to get a canner going, I looked at the clock and realized how late my husband was in getting back home. Now it's not unusual for him to take some time at the hardware store as he often sees people he knows and gets into conversations, but this seemed unusually late even allowing for that scenario. It was much after I was contemplating what he was up to that he came through the door and explained what had happened during his morning.

As he was headed home and had turned off the highway onto our back roads, he was startled by a truck rushing past him. Quite unusual spot for that to happen as you consider it being a 25 MPH zone with a park nearby. He noticed not just the speed of the vehicle passing him, but the erratic driving, also. He quickly followed the other driver to see where he was headed and watched him turn onto another curvy road. Once upon that road it didn't take long for the driver to pinball back and forth amongst trees along the side of the road landing in the middle of the road with a totaled truck. A neighbor heard the crash and called 911 immediately. My husband stayed at the scene and spoke to the police dispatch agent on the phone. He also approached the driver who was able to state his name and birthdate despite being very inebriated.

Amazingly the driver only had minor injuries as he certainly could have killed himself. And amazingly there were no other vehicles on the road at that time. And even more amazing was that there was no one out walking or biking along that road in the morning which is typical of Saturdays. In fact, where the accident happened is exactly where the kids and I often walk with the dogs. It is sobering to realize how quickly someone's life - possibly even someone from our own family - could have ended through the actions of this drunken driver on a Saturday morning.

I do hope when this young man sobers up, reviews the accident, sees his totally demolished truck, and acknowledges that he was indeed very fortunate that he, too, will have a sobering thought that will change his life.

One can only pray...

Tammy ~@~


Charlene said...

How very good God is to have your husband in the right place at the right time. A place not to be hurt by this man, but to help this man. Knowing full well he now has a family praying for him and many others through your post praying, that will never meet him this side of heaven.

Bonnie said...

Oh, Tammy, you are right! What a sobering thought! God was very merciful, not only to you and your family, but to that young man! May he come to know the heavenly Father Who spared his life!

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