A time and a place.
The thought of people being put in a specific place at a specific point in time has been a topic of more than a few conversations in my life lately. Now ol CS here isn’t the most religious of people but there are certain situations that defy explanation. This morning being one of those. Here is my story.
I woke up on time, but the warmth and closeness of my Affiliate called for me to stay in bed for a little longer. No big deal, I had given myself plenty of time to make the hour and half drive back before I had to go in to work. Well, that warmth and comfort lulled me back into sleep and I actually woke up about an hour later than I had planned. Again, no big deal, no reason to stress, there was still time to make the drive, drop off the dog and still be at work on schedule, just with no room to dally.
The Dog was woken, the bag packed, a drink made, I was ready to go, and then…then the bedroom door creaked open just a tiny bit and a beautiful face appeared. The draw to kiss that face once more pulled me back and I lingered a few more minutes taking in the moment. There was no rushing, no “oh sh*t I’m late!” feelings, just the calm and relaxation that comes from her.
After the embrace was broken, goodbyes said, I walked out, let the dog do her business and we loaded into the car, a full 30 minutes later than I needed to leave. The night had brought another light dusting of snow but the roads were not bad, there were spots, but nothing bad. The music was on, a pace was set, and all was good for the time. The Dog settled down and went back to sleep and the miles started to pass. As I entered the interstate there was no traffic (remember it is 3 a.m.) but a lone vehicle behind me. The city fell into the rear view and away we went. Things were fine for the following 20 minutes or so, and then it changed.
The Jeep was behind me for miles, not crowding, just there. Then it slowly pulled into the other lane to pass, not rushing, no abrupt, sudden movement just a smooth normal pass. As the Jeep passed me and had the room to start moving back over it happened. Slowly the Jeep started to turn into me, not to merge but a right hand turn. I let off the gas as it slid into my lane completely sideways at 60+ miles per hour…then it snapped and caught. The Jeep flipped over backwards and I slammed the brake pedal to the floor. The Bean slid to the right and we slammed into the mounds of snow on the shoulder of the highway. The sudden stop threw The Dog off the seat and she hit the dash and window before falling back to the floor. I could see the Jeep had flipped into the median and stopped. I covered Dog with a coat and ran back to the Jeep, relieved to see it had landed on its wheels. The driver was stunned but otherwise okay.
The call to 911, a message left for the Affiliate and a call to work explaining I would be late were made. Here is where I say “time and place”
We sat there, in the median,knee deep in snow, a confused, stunned young lady in a crushed Jeep who had no idea what had happened to her, or where she was, for over 20 minutes while no other vehicles passed. I could not imagine the fear, the fright, the panic that would have been if I had been in that young womans situation all alone. I stayed with her, helped her call her mom, answered her questions about what had happened and where we were until the sheriff’s dept arrived. I woke up late, stayed behind and left late, all for a reason.
I believe it all happened so that I was there at the right time.
The young woman will be fine, The Dog is okay, The Bean has a broken headlight and none the worse. The right place, at the right time. Things happen for a reason. Tell them you love them and hold them tight.