Just want to pop in before the week gets crazy for all of you baking and cooking up a storm or running off to catch a plane. I wanted to thank each and every one of you for following and or liking my space here with you. This is a wonderful time of the year. A time to give THANKS for all we have. Times are really tough not only here in the US but sadly around this world. I pray daily for this world to live in Peace and Harmony.
I hope you will make memories here in the states with your family and friends. That you travel safely to and from your homes.
You see it is coming upon the day my life changed with one rear-end collision.
I had spent Thanksgiving at my parents home with my brother and his family also attending. We left early as I had to drive a dump truck the following day/ A girl has to work you know. So I did I trucked probably 13 loads that day for the boss and then met up with my boyfriend at the time and his boss. They asked if I wanted to go to the Casino. I really did not want to go I had been driving all day in heavy equipment which can beat you up pretty badly. Seems they had discussed going for a few hours long before I showed up. Men! Well neither of them had rights to drive a car so in the end I said I would go for a few hours, two-hour trip down maybe five hours there figuring that would be enough time for them to lose all their cash, me I love games of chance but work so hard for my money and am so responsible that I take just $50. This night we left at 8:00 PM from his boss’s home and headed south to CT. We were going to Foxwoods. We made good time as there really was no traffic due to it being a holiday weekend. I went in with them and watched for a little while then I placed $20 into a One Armed Bandit machine, SLOTS I like the lights flashing and the sounds that come from them but not how they suck you into feeding them more and more hard-earned money. So I played that $20 for all she was worth till it was gone then told the men I was going to get some sleep out in our conversion van. I slept till his boss who was also tired wanted in to sleep as well. I fell back to sleep till about 4 AM and wanted to head north so I went in search of the boyfriend. I found him glued to a Poker Machine and I said we wanted to head home. He answered “but I’m up $500!” I laughed and said “good as we could use the extra cash for heating and Christmas”. Not happy but not having a license he had no choice but to cash out and make his way with me home. The dogs would need to go out by the time we got back. We had 3 of them.
Now we are all in the van and getting ready to leave the parking area and I make plans to go to the coffee shop a DD at the next light. While sitting in our new van at a Red light we were rear-ended by a Casino Tour Bus doing 35 mph or more. I went unconscious upon impact his boss’s eardrum blew as he was laying down on back bench seat and boyfriend was pinned for a moment in the passenger side. No air bags deployed who knew they did not when you are hit from behind. Every seat that was being used by us snapped upon impact. No none of us had seat belts on as we were just going into a local coffee shop for a cup for the ride home. I would have broken left leg and two thigh bones had I k=not been thrown to the rear of the van. My left calf is still HUGE after 12 years. Knee is still torn to pieces not to say a thing about my back. The two of them who stayed in their seats healed over time but I am left with injuries and memories of a night just the day after showing many thanks.
It was 4 years later the doctors sat me down and said I would probably never drive a Big Rig again and on my Birthday. Such a very sad day for me. I tear up still with just going back to that day.
So now 12 years later I am alive and very thankful to be. So many things in my life would be so different had that accident not occurred I know that now but it was still a long 12 years.
So really pay attention while out there not only to your driving but put down the phone and pay attention my parents almost lost me that day and it was the bus driver on the phone.
No pretty photo for this post as there really was none.
I have made up for it this past 6 months with all of you. Thanks for being there when I needed you the most.