Was it Divine Intervention?
Was it Amazing Luck?
As I said in a previous article, sometimes bad things happen to good people. You need to count your blessings, think positive, list the pros! (See How to Deal With Life's Bizarre Challenges)
I owned a condo at one time.
One night, I had promised my daughter that when I got out of work, I would take her to the salon my sister owned at the time to have her hair done.
I was exceptionally tired that night. I didn't get much sleep as I was working and going to school, which normally wasn't an issue, but that night, I was exhausted. I contemplated not taking my daughter.
At the time, my son was working at McDonalds (he started working there at age 14) That night, he was 16 at the time, the family was going out somewhere, others were working, so it was up to me to pick him up from work around 8 p.m (he wasn't driving yet).
Normally, my parents or sister would drive him to work and pick him up as a favor to me.
Being I had to pick him up that night and could not go home and just rest and because I didn't want to disappoint my daughter, age 11 at the time, I took her to the salon. Sometimes when you are at a crossroad, circumstances fall into place and the small decisions you make that seem insignificant at the time, turn out to be much more.
My daughter was thrilled to be at the salon. We took our time, chatting with my sister and her employees after my daughter's hair was done.
After the salon, we stopped for a bite to eat and took home a meal for my son. Back then I could eat like a NORMAL person. (See What About Restaurants, Parties, Invites And Public Places?)
I dropped my son at my parents' house (he lived there) and I headed home. It was dark when I pulled up, it was about 8:45 p.m. in January. As I approached, I saw a crowd near my condo. I saw yellow tape. My heart stopped.
I thought someone had been murdered in one of the units near me. Not that there were murders in my neighborhood, I was shocked. I couldn't put it all together. That's what came to mind.
|My condo - pictures taken by my sister- l - r gaping hole (the car was INSIDE my dining area. The central air unit destroyed. Maintenance guys bracing the structure and boarding up the structure.|
A woman on the HOA board ran up to me and hugged me. She explained that a car drove through my home! WHAT? My first question was, "is everyone ok." She said, yes, the young female driver was ok. I couldn't understand what happened.
By the time I arrived home, the police and fire department were gone. The ambulance transported the driver to the hospital. The car had been pulled out of my home and towed away. All that was left was a crowd of onlookers, some HOA board members, condo maintenance workers and the condo insurance representative.
I called family and my parents and sister came over immediately. By that time, everyone had just gotten back home.
The Powers That Be were watching out for me that night. Had I decided against going to the salon, I would have been in the kitchen preparing dinner at the time that car slammed into my condo. She hit at 5:30 p.m.
I found out through the grapevine that the 18 year old driver had a seizure behind the wheel. She had never had a seizure before. She was diagnosed with Epilepsy for the first time after the accident. She was not speeding, she did nothing wrong.
|my kitchen table, shoved up against the wall. The tea set is behind the chair. The Ginger Bread House survived too!|
Thankfully, I wasn't home. Brick, concrete, plaster, bushes and other debris went flying through my dining area, into my kitchen area and as far back as my laundry room. Items inside my home went flying. Chairs overturned. Had I been in there, I would have been severely injured or killed.
My kitchen table was in front of the window. The car pushed it across the room into the opposite wall. This all happened right after the holidays. That Christmas, my daughter got a porcelain tea set from my mom as one of her gifts. When my daughter was there, she had set up the entire tea set on one end of the table.
Was it jinxed real estate? Amazing Luck? Divine Intervention? No one will ever know.
Whatever it was, there's a reason it all happened the way it happened. Twice, there was a chance I could have been badly injured or killed in my OWN home!
The fire made the news. The car crashing through my condo did not, thankfully. I was not interested in that fiasco. When you live in a populated place like I do, a lot goes on that doesn't make the news (See 12 Facts About Long Island, New York). It doesn't make it any less tragic, scary or life-altering.
So, I am having some medical issues. Some are diagnosed and ONE is a MYSTERY. See (Who Am I?) Things could be worse. (See Why Am I Not Posting Recipes? Because IT Has Started Again!) I always remember that when people ask me how I'm dealing with these medical problems. (See How to Deal With Life's Bizarre Challenges)