Saturday, February 18, 2006

Was it Fate?

I don't know how many of you out there are believers in fate, but to a certain degree I am. At the very least, there is someone out there (for me it's God) who watches over us....

Yesterday, my city was hit with some crazy Winter weather starting with freezing rain in the morning which turned to regular rain. Then, the temperature dropped really fast and we had flash freezing and whiteouts late in the morning and throughout the afternoon. Normally, I would not go out on a day like this, but I had to attend a meeting at 9:00am. It was a meeting of several agencies in the area that provide services to youths who have drug and alcohol addictions and my agency was invited to make a presentation about our program and to get some feedback about changes we will be making over the next few months. So, since we were guests, I did not want to back out. Before the meeting, I had to drop my daughter off at my mother in law's place and at that time, the roads were more slushy rather than anything else. I got to the meeting with no problems.

When the meeting ended, it must have been about 10:45 and the wind had picked up big time (you know, the kind of wind that when you try to talk literally takes your breath away it's so strong) and the roads were starting to freeze over. I made my way back home and at one point on the highway, there was so much blowing snow that I literally could not see one car length in front of me. It was scary as hell and I thought "Oh my God, what am I going to do?" I thought of pulling over but on the highway in those conditions, that could be even more dangerous than just moving ahead slowly. So I went on and luckily after about a minute, the snow drift cleared up. I made it the rest of the way home without incident, but things were slow and slippery.

Here's the next part of this story. When I got home, I ate some lunch and then turned on the tv. I flipped to a local news and weather station and I found out that there had been a massive accident on the highway involving several dozen cars right at the exit you would take to get to my place. At least a few people were killed and many were injured. That was bad enough in itself, but then they announced the time it occurred and it was literally five minutes after I had been on that stretch of highway coming home. That reality hit me like a ton of bricks and I realized how lucky I was that I hadn't stopped for gas or something like that because I could have easily been in the middle of the whole thing. It's moments like that where I think about how life is short and how it's so important to appreciate what I have. I really think someone was watching out for me....

6 Comments:

At 11:49 AM, Blogger Teresa Miranda said...

Wow yea I have had a few strange incidents just like that. I am glad you were not involved in that! ;-) Good thing you did not pull over! Glad your safe and sound!

T

 
At 2:27 PM, Blogger Brit-Man said...

Ditto Julie. You're too good to go so soon. The world needs more people like you, at such a high time of civil / politcal unrest, and you're very valuable to us.

Not least for being a peoples friend, but as a great supporter, and an inspiration misses, so I'm really glad you are fine.

As for being watched over, yes I think other blog nuts like us, were watching out for you, it's kind of like having a bunch of little eyes and ears with you wherever you go ;-).

Well that's my take anyways ha ha.

Good to know you're safe though, and I'm thinking of you right now, and wishing you a happier and more enjoyable end to your day, and hoping the coming days are better and less worrying.

I know you'll be strong, and not let things get to you.

Take care Julie :-).

Matt

 
At 11:16 AM, Anonymous Kristina said...

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At 7:43 PM, Blogger Suzanne said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

I've had some weird stuff like that happen too. It really makes you think about life and how precious it is.

So glad to hear you are okay.

 
At 4:00 PM, Blogger KatieFeldmom said...

Whew!
I'm glad that you were not involved!

You definitely have an angel on your shoulder!

 
At 8:41 AM, Blogger Julie said...

Thanks everyone! It was definitely a freaky day!

 

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