irrational thoughts

Exactly twenty four hours ago Saucy was in a horrible car wreck. Don't worry, she's just fine. She miraculously walked away without a scratch and one of the cute firefighters on the scene said "you've been touched by an angel today, girlie."

She didn't see it coming at all. She'd dropped of Loopy and Beegie off at school after lunch - Loopy brings at least one Cheerio home every single day for lunch. She drove away on her usual route. About two blocks away from the school parking lot, she was broadsided by a car traveling too fast down a side street. The driver didn't even hit his breaks, he just ploughed right into Saucy's door, pushing her Jeep Compass about twenty feet across the intersection.

The following account are the incoherent and irrational thoughts that went through Saucy's mind from the moment of the impact. Keep in mind, she did not see the car coming or it would have been much more terrifying.

The white stuff was the airbags releasing on each of the side doors. The smoke was the powder from the airbags... it smelled vaguely like cigarettes. The impact was so strong and so instant. It took Saucy a split second to realize what exactly had happened. There are no words to describe the sound or the feeling of the impact, it was on her driver's door.

Yep, Saucy drops the f-bomb, even in her thoughts. Especially then. It seemed appropriate as the reality of the situation sunk in.
And people, it really, really was slow motion. Like, super slow-mo in a movie or something. Plus, it took several seconds for her car to be pushed across the intersection, giving her time to have other thoughts:
And that was a sobering thought indeed. She's not lying. She thought that. The car was still kind of moving at this point and glass was breaking. The sound of the breaking glass was the scariest.

No, the scariest part was when the seat belt opened and released Saucy to fly around a little bit before final impact. She caught some serious air, just over the steering wheel. The steering wheel airbag did not release and she does not know why. She totally hit it with her stomach. Her stomach must be pretty soft and flabby.


Saucy did not go through the windshield. Before the front passenger side of her car hit the post, the wheel hit the curb, bouncing Saucy back down into her seat. She kind of jammed her hip into her console between the front seats before she landed. When the car finally stopped, hitting the power pole on the corner of the street, she heard the other car's brakes screeching and she figured that (because it happens in movies) something else was coming her way and that would be that. She could hear the soft, soothing voice of an ultra-conservative radio kook.


That was a sobering thought, indeed. For the record, Saucy occasionally listens to Dr. Laura in the afternoon because you know how much she likes to give advice and she is always interested to see if her advice is close to the "expert" advice of Dr. Laura. It usually is, but it's not peppered with conservative rhetoric.

Back to the accident. The other driver was trying to get out of his car and she could her him screaming and crying. She was looking up, through the open sunroof of her car, afraid to look down. With all that screaming, it had to be bad. She looked at the trees and the blue sky and thought,

Well, clean enough. Clean undies after last night's bath. But certainly not matching... very unlike Saucy.

The crying and screaming was getting more intense outside but Saucy looked down to see that she was very much intact. There was no blood and all of her limbs were attached. She blinked and realized it was hard to see because of the dust and the airbag powder and it made her eyes sting. She looked out at the man who hit her car and she saw the terror in his face.


Saucy managed to carefully climb out through the passenger door. The other driver and another man in a nearby house pulled her from the driver's seat and then the hysterical driver of the other car grabbed Saucy as though she was a distant relative he hadn't seen in thirty years and he sobbed and held her tight and kissed her all over her head.

It was all a little dramatic. Saucy found her phone in the rubble of her purse contents flying all over the car and reached Veto. He ripped the paper bib off his chest and dashed out of the dentist's chair and raced to the scene. Coming from a downtown office tower, he arrived at the scene at the exact same moment as the emergency responders. The fire station is about two blocks away from where the accident happened.

Saucy was checked by paramedics and firefighters for injury and everyone agreed that she was fine and it was a miracle. One of the rescue workers saw Saucy beside the car and said he figured she'd been the passenger and he expected the driver hadn't survived - he was surprised she was the driver.

The cars were towed and the other driver was charged. He has admitted fault to the insurance adjustors and the police and faces his own troubles over this, including the fact that his new car was destroyed. Saucy and Veto gave him a ride home and he complained about the fine, having to attend traffic school, and how much he loved that car of his. Whatever.

Saucy managed to remain pretty calm. Her thought process was odd... but it is what it is. It wasn't until Veto almost had her home that she thought the most important thing of all.

... and then she burst into tears.

55 comments:

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

So very glad that you are okay. God is indeed GOOD!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

e.m. said...

Awww...if I weren't in Pennsyvania I'd come over and give you a BIG hug! This will have to do (((((((((((HUG))))))))))))))))))! I am so glad you are okay. Yes, you were being watched over!

Jenny said...

woooooooooooooooooow. Unbelievable. Thank goodness you're all right.

Grace said...

aww lots of hugs to you! You were definately touched by an Angel! Glad you are ok. Grace xoox

Nathalie from Florida said...

What awful and joyful news to read all at once! I kept on thinking that you were so lucky to have dropped the girls off before that happened and that you didn't get thrown out of the car or hit the windshield. I'm very happy you're all OK and can't believe that your hubby didn't kick the little shit's butt for daring to complain to you about his fine, his traffic school, and his car. He's more restrained than I would have been in the same situation.
((HUGS)) So glad you're still with us!

Jill said...

Dang, you really do have angels, girlie. I'm soooo happy that you (and Loopy & friend) are safe. Sending a BIG HUG to you...

Hugs,
Jill

So-Sew Me said...

I am so glad you are okay, and the food thought would have totally occurred to me too. Sending a prayer of thanks to God.

C&C Cakery said...

Oh my gosh - I was in my very first car accident about a month ago, and this brought all those feelings rushing back to me. I thought exactly how you did (except for the underwear thing) - irrationally. You are incredibly lucky - I broke my right hand and smashed up my ribs pretty good. I've got to tell you that, from now on, getting back in a car might be super scary. Don't worry, through enough support and love, you'll be fine!

Feel better and take some time for yourself. You may not have been hurt physically (thank goodness!), but, mentally, you might be a bit busted up :(

the treat girl said...

Thank the Lord you are A-okay!!!! I had goosebumps for you the whole time I was reading your post...and to let you know I would have thought about what my last meal was too :) Take care.....wish I was closer to deliver some cupcakes, surely they would help.

Kerrie said...

I agree with what someone has already said. You might be a little freaked out and you might not sleep well for a few days! It might take you a while before you want to get back in the driver's seat but it will be fine! Glad you're okay.

Anonymous said...

Oh Sasha........I have goosebumps over my entire body! Very grateful that you are okay! Indeed there was an angel looking over you! Get some rest!
Jennifer Fast

Sandra D said...

What a horrific experience. I am so glad to hear you are doing okay.

laurie -magpie ethel said...

Angel on your shoulder. Thank goodness you are safe.

Interesting to hear the thoughts that were going thru your head....

You deserved a good cry...what a horrific thing.

CuteStuffInside said...

Saucy,

You have brought tears to my eyes. Praise be to God for protecting you.

Amen

Pete & Ang said...

So glad to hear you're okay! You certainly were protected!

Madison said...

So glad you are okay! My mom has been the victim of a few bad wrecks herself, so I know how bad they can be.

Harley and Lindsay said...

Oh Sasha! I am so happy you are ok. This would be terrifying and once again, you show the world what a kind person you are....I wouldn't have even thought to give the driver a ride home. Get spoiled with some TLC in the next few days!

Lindsay

Anonymous said...

You did have an angel looking over you. so glad to hear that you walked away from the accident. Hope all is well

stephanie B

D'Rae said...

Oh my goodness! So glad to hear that you are ok, albeit a bit banged up. I am so happy that the girls weren't with you.

Maija said...

Glad you are OK and that the girls weren't with you!!

LisaInCT said...

Goodness! Thank God you are all right and you had dropped Loopy & Beegie off.

I know all about the slow motion feeling from a prior accident... it's all very weird as it is happening.

Hope you continue to feel a-ok.

faye said...

So glad your okay! !!!Better get checked out by family doctor- when your in an accident like that it tends to move the parts around inside and you'll be sore for days. Did you get burns from the airbags???

Dana said...

So glad that you weren't hurt. What a jerk to complain about the fines and his precious car after causing the wreck AND y'all actually drove him home! :O

Kate said...

Are you KIDDING?! I waited and waited and read and read...knowing I was going to come across the witty and well written part where you say this was all a dream. A writing exercise to remind us all to live a good life like each day is our last. And it didn't come. It is real. I am still in shock. SO glad you are ok. Thought processes are weird...when I was reading it the part of me that used to work in autobody said "The front airbag didn't go off because you were hit on the side. The front sensors are on the front under the bumper." Kate come on. Not the important part here. Take a breather lady. You obviously have more people to inspire here. He doesn't need you just yet.

Ann said...

How scary! Glad to hear no was hurt!

j said...

Oh my goodness! I'm so grateful you are okay and that your precious girl and friend weren't in there with you.

You and Veto were so kind to give him a ride.

I have goosebumps. What a miracle. I hope you aren't sore in the morning from being bounced around. I cannot belive your seatbelt came unhitched at such a critical time! Seriously. That is just a miracle.

Angie

Eugenia said...

Thank you for sharing to remind us of the really important things in life. Since you are okay, really Dr. Laura? I, too, used to listen to her years ago before she became crazy conservative. Really what man would allow their wife to give their son their maiden name as their surname. Really if she were really conservative that won't happen.

T@iy@ said...

That's so scary! I'm so glad that you are okay and that the kids weren't with you! That is definitely a blessing!

MJ said...

i"m so glad that everyone is okay. I'm glad that Loopy and her friend were dropped off earlier and you don't seem injured. I wasn't sure whether to chuckle or be terrified during the post, wavering between the two because I'm sure I would have had the same thought process going through my head.

Jerri-Lea said...

You my Dear are incredible!! Lucky, kind, tolerant, level headed, and hilarious! I cannot believe you gave the dude a ride!!! And how you thought you should get out of the car to calm down the situation... that is so you!!
I am so glad that you are alright. Be sure to get a full work up and make SURE that you are okay!!
I'm surprised that you can remember what you were thinking... how did you not go into shock?
Thank the Lord that you are okay and that the girls were already at school!!!! {hug} {hug} {HUG}

Saucy said...

I have nasty airbag burn but I'm thankful for it! The powder and chemicals in the airbags made me sore and itchy like a sunburn as well but I'm not complaining. It got into my eyes... I've had a few showers in the last 24 hours.

Kate, I don't know why the front bags didn't deploy, he ploughed me straight across the intersection, over the curb and into a power pole with the front right bumper! Plus, I hit the steering wheel dead on... it didn't deploy either! You just never know. I'm thankful that what worked worked.

Thanks everyone for your good wishes! xo

Saucy said...

In an even funnier twist (if there could be one), we drove the guy home and when we got there he realized he'd left his golf clubs and stuff in the back of his car... so Veto took him back to get them! It was surreal.

Nina Patricia @ The Adventures of Nina Patricia said...

everything else can be replaced but you. So glad you are ok. seriously? golf clubs? I'm gonna give him the benefit of the doubt and think he hit his head and was still in shock.

alittlebitofscrap said...

You and Veto are super nice! Giving the guy who hit you a ride then going back for the golf clubs! You've got some super good karma headed back your way. I'm so glad you are ok.

J.G. said...

Hallelujah that this adventure has a happy ending. Thank goodness for angels and airbags!

Sonya --Dime Store Thrift said...

Sasha, Thank God you are ok and Thank God the girls were not in the car. Many hugs and much love, Sonya

Buddy's Mom said...

It wouldn't surprise me at all if, after surviving the accident, you'll have to survive an avalance of gifts on your birthday. If I knew your address, I'd send you the coin purse!

So glad you are fine. I wonder how do RA joints respond when they are bounced around like yours were?

Jen Anderson said...

I'm so glad you're OK. My life was saved by a passenger safety cage about 15 years ago. I'd borrowed my mom's car for the day because mine was in the shop. My car was a convertible with no safety cage--I might've been killed if I'd been in that accident in my own car! No more sports cars for me!

When the mechanics work on your car, have them look into why the seatbelt failed and why the front airbag didn't go off when the fender hit the pole. Then have them check all the seatbelts in the car to make sure they won't fail again. Even if they total and replace your car, push the insurance company to find out what went wrong with the seatbelt.

Kristy said...

Wow! So glad you are "o.k.". Rest up and eat lots of cupcakes!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Isn't it crazy what goes through our minds in those moments? I was the victim of a hit and run at age 16 while on a bike--I moaned to the EMTs, "Oh shit, my dad's gonna kill me."
Glad you made it out okay--and no one would judge your underwear or radio station!!!!

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Susan said...

What a very happy birthday you'll be having!
So glad you're okay.

Shannon said...

Oh my gosh, that is terrifying! I am so happy that you are okay. Gotta love those airbags!!!

Cathy B said...

Holy cow, what a story! So glad you're ok, and able to write so well about it. My husband and I were in an accident where we avoided being killed by a car by a few feet (lots of destruction around us), and two years later we still hyperventilate when we think about it.
I think you deserve everything on your birthday wish list and more!

Crystal T said...

Awww Sasha, my mom and T have been telling me to read your blog for awhile. I wish this hadn't been my first! So glad to hear you are ok and that the girls weren't with you. I hope you're enjoying a tremendous amount of baked goods after all of this.

Sammie_Kay said...

Oh my,I am so glad to hear that you are safe and the family is safe. That was very nice of you guys to even give him a ride home but i cant believe he complained about those things. I guess he forgot he could have killed someone. I wish I could bring you over some comfort food or something. I guess virtural hugs and love will have to do!

KL Crab said...

Argh, hope you are still feeling well as the adrenaline wears down. Glad no one was hurt seriously. People say the silliest things when they are stressed, not defending the driver at all- but I have found I'll say the stupidest things when a crisis has 'ended'. So GLAD that the girls were not with you- the mother guilt would have been harder than getting hurt your self.

Angela said...

When I read this I thought, "Oh, no... Saucy will go out in a Blaze of Glory, not in old undies haven eaten cold pizza!"

this left tears in my eyes-
I love you, my friend - so wish I could give you a hug.

Lisa Russell said...

I'm so glad to read you are ok! My first thought was, 'so glad you dropped Loopy and Beegie off before this happened!' Thank God for side airbags! I think your steering wheel bag opens if you are hit from the front, but the impact from the side must have opened the seat belt. That was a scary thought. I am SO glad to hear you are OK, and that Veto was in town and close by to come and get you. Take your pain pills now and get some rest! xoxo!!

Michaele said...

Oh my goodness, time got away from me so I was thrilled that I was able to check back in on my favorite blogs today--- and now I'm ever so grateful that 1) you're SAFE and ONLY bonked and bruised and 2) that for whatever reason, I put on waterproof mascara this morning.

C-r-y-i-n-g in shock and in relief for you and your family. Tell me you went home and washed that horrible driver's cooties off of your forehead!

Anonymous said...

I never comment on blogs, but I had to say I'm happy your okay. God sitting on your shoulder that day.

Mom Taxi Julie said...

Oh my gosh! How freaking scary! I'm glad you are ok. I'm sure you are sore now after the fact.

Kate said...

Wow wow wow. Hit the bumper too?! Everything happens for a reason I guess. Like you said...glad that everything that worked...worked. I am still so relieved you you are ok. I try to live my life by the rule "Never walk away mad" because of Hub's job. BUT sometimes I slack. And your last 2 posts have really reminded me to NOT SLACK. Thank-you so much.

tracey @ bellaskydesigns said...

thank God you're ok
thank God you're ok
thank God you're ok

I cant even believe that you were able to write that!

thank God you're ok!

I do believe in angels watching over us!

Kim said...

I'm so glad to hear that you are OK. I was in a similar accident & thought just the same kind of things -- it was two weeks before my wedding & I thought "Not now God! Now that things are getting good!" I guess he heard me :)