No Day Off for Me
Yesterday didn't quite go as planned. TGILW and I had a nice lunch together and we were just settling down to a nice quiet afternoon trying to decide if we wanted to read, watch a movie or, well...you know, when we got a phone call from my sister. My youngest son and his cousins got into a car accident on the way home from the beach. Her daughter had called from the scene because my son couldn't use the phone.
The beach had been cloudy so they were heading home early when they got caught in a chain reaction rear end collision on the freeway. Thank God the traffic was creeping along at about 15 mph. They all could have been hurt so much worse. The whole thing got started by a van not having brake lights. Anyway, my niece braked abruptly and hit the rear fender of the car in front of her the airbags engaged and beat the living hell out of my niece and my son.
I'm not complaining about the airbags. Better those than their little faces hitting the dash, steering wheel or windshield. Also, thank God for seatbelts. These safety devices in the car saved them from being hurt worse. It's just hard seeing the kids look so hurt and horrible. If you can stand it I put a picture of my son below. The paper cup was a makeshift eye shield as his right eye is pretty battered and has a slight tear in the corner near his nose. We have to keep watch on that.
Our family has endured catastrophic illness and loss so the impotence of suffering the slings and arrows of life is not a new one. However, this accident was a graphic reminder of how quickly one's life can change. Literally from one instant to the next your life as you knew it can change course.
I'm so grateful to have him home safe in his room even if he is a little worse for the wear. One good thing to come out of it? He doesn't want to venture on the freeway for awhile or far from home and says he will never, ever, ever, not have a car without airbags or not wear his seatbelt because they really work.
Here's the picture we took yesterday in the ER. His lips are swollen to about 10 times their usual size.