Monday, February 05, 2007
Is life good, or what?
My husband is fine. He slid off the road and into a tree during a snowstorm on Friday night. The damage is across the entire front of the car, but this view was most photogenic. We now get to spend more quality time together when I drive him to work so I can have my car.
This week's gratitudes:
1. Having an airbag set properly so it didn't deploy and injure my husband
2. Car insurance and a good body shop
3. Reminders of what are 'big things' and what are 'little things'.
A short story to help explain the depth of my gratitude:
When I was in 10th grade, there was this really, really cute senior named J. He was so smart and so funny and he would never want to go out with me.
I was at a marching band party one night when there was a phone call. J had been in a car accident on his way there and no one knew how serious it was. He had fallen asleep behind the wheel and hit a telephone pole. He was unconscious and there was a possible injury to his spinal cord. In the weeks that followed, he regained consciousness and began his long recovery from compression fractures to C4 and C5 (Christopher Reeves broke C2 and C3 just for reference). J's recovery was slow and the long-term diagnosis was hemiplegia (sp?). He was partially paralyzed on one side of his body and lost sensation on the other side of his body.
During this recovery, we began dating (I still am amazed he wanted to go out with me) and married when I graduated from high school. In the intervening years, J has pursued a few master degrees, maintained employment with a large techie company, and raised 2 children. He did well.
Seeing the car on Friday night reminded me how different the outcome could have been.