‘Twas almost the New Year and thanks to the ice…the driving was tricky, not very nice.
Cars slipping and sliding, some out of control…the unlucky, like us, maybe kissing a pole!’
For those who have driven for any length of time in the Great White North, it’s likely, at some point, you’ve experienced that feeling of total helplessness. No matter the caution taken, the experience or training, the elements will have their way. It’s a heart pounding journey of split-seconds… the outcome in the hands of the gods.
Returning home from supper Friday night, our son, the designated driver, was tossed a curve by Mother Nature… a flash freeze!
We started to slide! It was heart in the throat, hang on tight time!
As I fought the urge to bark out advice, I observed his reaction… no panic, it was text book. But, unfortunately, it was futile.
When I close my eyes, I can still see it… that menacing black column that appeared to be rushing our truck like a racing locomotive. There was no avoiding it. The point of impact would be the driver’s side… our son would take a direct hit!
I’ll never forget that bone-chilling THUD… the explosion of air-bags. The smoke-filled cab and the crunching sound of the hydro pole as it glanced off the roof and landed on the hood.
And I’ll never forget how it seemed like an eternity before I heard the voices of my wife and son assuring me they were fine.
While the driver’s side had been crumpled like discarded paper in a wastebasket, our son, momentarily trapped, managed to escape with minor cuts and bruises. Carol and I were likewise fortunate.
Those who have seen the damage just shake their heads. Depending on their beliefs, either Lady Luck had smiled upon us… or Devine intervention had allowed us to walk away. I’m not sure who, or what to credit, but I do know I couldn’t be more grateful.
And a special thanks to those who responded. Police, the CAA, and the number of concerned passersby who offered assistance… we truly appreciate it.
To them, and all of you (including the idiot who ignored the flashing lights and went into a skid, necessitating a ditch dive!)… A very Happy, and SAFE New Year!
P.S. Ford tough? Damn right!
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