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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Our Faith Restored in Humanity

For those of you who don't know two weeks ago our family, while on vacation in California, was hit by a drunk driver. After a visit to the emergency room our family is all fine, I was checked out the most since I'm pregnant and the impact with the seat belt caused small contractions. Unfortunately our car is not alright...it's totaled.

At first the woman who hit us took off and never stopped, she looked right at us and speed away. We limped our car off the road and sat there scared to death...me in contractions and Jeremiah trying to comfort me and Finn while calling the police. We were in a strange large city feeling like no one cared...boy were we wrong. Two amazing individuals restored our faith in human kindness. One man who witnessed the accident got the woman's plate numbers and pulled in behind us, called an ambulance for us, and stayed all through the event to make sure we were okay. Another man who witnessed the accident followed the drunk driver and pushed her into a parking lot, called the police, and stayed blocking her exit until they arrived.

These days it can often feel like we are all alone and no one cares but in that moment we had two individuals show us that we were not alone. We were able to get a copy of the police report last week and found both of their names and addresses and I plan to send a thank you card to them...they have no idea how their faces made us feel safe and not alone. I can't tell you how grateful we feel...how terrified we were. I haven't been so scared in my life. We sat in an emergency room, me crying, Jeremiah with huge eyes trying to get me seen... wondering if we would lose our baby. Thankfully we have also have an amazing family, Jeremiah's brother and sisters live in the area and took Finn for the evening, and our dogs who were also in the car, and allowed us to go to the hospital without scaring Finn more than she already was.

Hold your family close tonight and be glad for the little things...and know you are not alone in this world...we sure learned that.


Sheila Nielsen Photography said...

How scary! I am so glad that you are all ok! Hugs to you all!

Dee said...

Cat, Goo, Finn and baby, OMG! I was wondering why I hadn't heard from you guys in awhile. Then, I've been busy recovering from surgery, so I hadn't checked your blog in a couple of weeks. I'm glad that you're doing okay.

As for being a parent . . . I remember one day when Eddie was about 2 and he just had a fit when I picked him up from daycare - I think we couldn't go on the bus - so, finally, as he threw his tantrum (one of only a few), I just held him in my lap, shut my mouth, and waited for him to stop. Believe me, it gets easier as they get older - at least, you are able to reason with them more.

Awhile back, another blogger posted about her son completely falling apart - he's in kindergarten, I think. Someone told her that her son was probably just overstimulated at school, so she picked him up early one day and spent the afternoon with him and he was fine.

Hang in there, Cat!