By the Grace of God.....

I mentioned earlier this week that my son recently turned 19.

What I didn't mention is how my son was woken up that morning at 6:00 a.m.
He was awoken by his friend, saying "Tim, Tim, wake up. Your Mom was in an accident and we have to pick her up from the hospital."*

On Thursday afternoon, my friend Jana called me to tell me that a popular local singer was performing in town and she really wanted to go see him.
I told her sorry, no, I had to work at 8:00 the next morning.

She called again later.
"No, Jana, sorry. It's the day before payday, I'm broke, I'm tired, I have to work tomorrow."

She called again later.
"Please please please! I'll drive, I'll pay your cover charge, we won't drink....."

Long story short, she talked me into going. She's a single mom with an uninvolved father; she doesn't get out much. I finally gave in on the condition that we would not stay out late.

We stayed out a little later than we should have, but not that late.
On the way home, I drifted off to sleep.

I was awoken by the sound of Jana screaming my name. When I opened my eyes, I couldn't focus on anything. The car was spinning. And then flipping.

We landed upside-down. The passenger window was shattered. I instinctively crawled out.
I was able to walk, but I couldn't find my phone. Jana couldn't get out of the car.

I waved down a passing car. "Are y'all ok?" he asked. Ummm, no.....

We were both taken to the hospital by ambulance. They did a CT of my head & neck. I have cuts on my head, hands, legs, and feet, and bruises everywhere.
That's all.

Jana is fine as well. We are counting our blessings. Her car is totalled, of course, and her insurance won't cover another one. I missed a day of work.

But what keeps going through my mind is...what if, on my son's 19th birthday, he had been woken up by a very different phone call? One saying that his mother was killed in a car accident?
Needless to say, next time my gut tells me not to go out, you will find me safely at home.

Y'all....I walked (ok, crawled) away from this.
Rest assured I am NOT taking that for granted.

Pouring My Heart Out with Shell today!

* In case you wondered, my son's phone was dead so I had to call his friend, who I knew had stayed with him that night.


Samantha said...

So scary! So glad you and your friend are okay. I've been in a really bad accident myself, and it was by the grace of God that I walked away. Glad that your son didn't get terrible news...I always dread getting that phone call.

ChiTown Girl said...

Oh my hell. I'm so glad you two walked away from that. A blessing, for sure!

Amy said...

So glad you're ok!

Robbie K said...

OH my gosh....how scary!! So glad your son was not woken up by a different phone call.

Deanna crazed said...

That sounds horrible! I'm glad you made it out ok though. I was in a really bad car accident a long time ago and I'm still scared to drive in the snow and ice because of it!

Adrian's Crazy Life said...

Wow, you are SO lucky and so is your friend and your son. We got that call a few years ago, at 5:00 AM on Father's Day, no less. It wasn't a car accident, but his mother had had a massive stroke and was dying. It left me so shell-shocked that to this day I completely panic if the phone rings late at night or early in the morning.

Kimberly said...

How terrifying! I am so glad that you are both okay.

Tara R. said...

Oh Cyndy! I'm so glad you and your friend weren't serious hurt. So sorry about her car. It's amazing you both were able to walk away from the accident.

Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

Thanks be to God! I'm so glad y'all are okay!

Shell said...

So glad you were both okay! How frightening!

Victoria KP said...

So scary! Glad you made it out!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

This brought me to tears. What a blessing you were given. So glad you are both okay. So happy your son still has you in his life.

Mrs4444 said...

OMG, Cyndy! I'm SO glad you are okay! I couldn't believe you were even able to type that post--It's practically a miracle; thank goodness your karma is good! :)

Tammie said...

i totally missed this post! im sorry. im sorry i missed it, im sorry you were in a horrific wreck, and im sorry about the jana situation. hugs.

Kat said...

Woah. I can't believe I missed this post.
I'm so glad it turned out okay. And yes, I think we need to learn to listen to our inner voices more often.