Monday, July 13, 2009

Back to books, soon

My apologies in advance for the lack of bookishness, here, for the past few days. That's the officer writing the ticket he gave to the driver of the car that hit my son. I got the info in my last post a little wrong. It was a teenager who was driving the van. I don't know whether or not to believe that story about the brakes going out, but I will tell you that I am so impressed with my son's behavior at this accident. He wasn't angry with the other driver. He was friendly and shook the other kid's hand before we turned around to cross the street to take him home. Many thanks to all who sent up a prayer thanking God for protecting my son on Saturday.

I'm going to do my best to get a review written, tonight. I finished Through the Fire by Shawn Grady, this weekend, and it was awesome. Today, however, I'm in run-around mode. I emptied out the interior of my son's Honda but didn't have a key so I'll have to go back to the body shop to empty the trunk. I can't pop the trunk from inside, of course, since the left side of his car is completely caved in. As soon as I get him off to work, I'll have to pick up the police report, drop it off at my insurance company and then deal with the trunk.

Getting a glimpse of the interior gave me an even better impression of just what a walking miracle my child is. The fellow who towed his car also said he was amazed that Kiddo walked away with minimal injuries and asked me, "Did you see that steering wheel?" Yes, I did. I'm going to try to take photos of the interior because it's just so utterly shocking that I don't want to forget for one minute what my son survived.

Engineer husband says the impact was so severe that if Kiddo hadn't been wearing his safety belt, he would have undoubtedly been thrown out the opposite window. From looking at the interior of the car, I'm sure a lot of people would assume it would have been better for him to be thrown, but he is walking proof that safety belts save lives.

Buckle up 'cause I love ya!

Bookfool, still thanking God every minute for protecting my son


  1. I got chills reading this. Your son sounds like a class act. I'm so thankful he had his seat belt on.

  2. Eek! I'm too late to send out well-wishes on the post you initially wrote (I haven't been around much this weekend, period), but I'm so, so glad to hear that your son is all right! Don't you apologise for the lack of bookishness around here, you. That's perfectly understandable, especially given what you've been through the past few days and sound to be going through still. You focus on getting all that sorted first!

    *sends good thoughts and well-wishes even though she's horridly late with them*

  3. (((Bookfool))) just because I think you could use a few extra hugs today.

  4. Kathy,

    Thanks. I think he's just the greatest kid. Obviously, I'm biased, but he's so well-mannered and upbeat that I'm having to work to keep myself from thinking about what we could have lost. Yes, thank goodness he wore that seatbelt.


    Oh, thank you, that's so sweet! I can't seem to get my head away from this whole accident business to focus on a book review. Son is at work so I can finally let all the stress out and bawl a little. Actually, I can't seem to shut off the waterworks, now. LOL You're not too late. Thanks for the thoughts and wishes. I appreciate them very much.


    Thank you. I really needed that. Seeing the inside of the car really kind of did me in. :)

  5. Like Kathy, this gives me chills. God has a plan for your son I figure.

  6. Dar,

    I certainly hope so. I want to keep him around for a long time. Our insurance agent was kind of flummoxed. She kept saying, "He wasn't hurt? He walked away from that? That was BAD." It really hits you in the gut when people who see this stuff every day tell you how amazed they are, you know?

    I'm completely useless, this afternoon. I can't even think about books. Can you tell? LOL

  7. I'm so glad to hear that your sone came out of this unscathed. And so gracious to boot, he's clearly been raised right!

  8. I wouldn't be able to think about books either, Nancy! Gratitude would be my main emotion concerning the blessing of your son's safety!

  9. I again thank God for saving him!

    May HE be always with you and your family.

  10. Oh I am so happy that your son is okay! What an absolutely terrifying thing to happen, and a perfect reminder why everyone needs to always buckle up.

  11. Phew! I can't tell you how happy I am that he's safe Nancy! That is just so scary!! He had someone watching out for him, that's for sure....And I always wear my seatbelt! This is just one more reason to keep doing it!

  12. Michelle,

    Thanks. He's a really cool kid. I've been saying that for years, but it was really nice to see that he stayed calm and upbeat while under pressure. I'm very pleased. Hopefully, I had something to do with the way he turned out! LOL


    I haven't been able to read a word, much less write a review. Hopefully, tomorrow will be better. Yep, that's pretty much all I can think of. I told Kiddo, "I'm sorry. I'm afraid I'm going to have to take a lot of pictures of you." He just laughed at me. He hates having his picture taken, but he is well aware of what a huge blessing he received, this weekend.


    Thank you, thank you, thank you. And, right back at ya!!! We are truly grateful for God's blessing.


    Thank you! And, yes, I think my son is kind of a walking poster boy for why everyone should buckle up!

  13. Chris,

    Thanks! Yep, I absolutely believe God was watching over our kiddo. Seeing the inside of the car really brought that home. I'm glad you buckle up -- keep it up, feller. Good for you. We actually have a rule -- our cars don't even move off the driveway until everyone is buckled up. Thank goodness my son took that lesson seriously!!!

  14. Thank God that boy listens to his mama :) I am so, so, so thankful that God was watching over him.


    Still praying for your peace of mind too.

  15. I wear my seat belt all the time and make sure everyone else does too before we pull away. Though right now still have to help the kiddo with his. I understand the whole not reading thing when you have something else on your mind. You'll get there!

  16. OMG, that door!! That's a miracle that your son survived. What a great testament to his nature & nurture in the impeccable way he handled the situation. You must be very proud of him while at the same time, thanking God that he's alive. Wow. Just wow.

  17. Heather,

    Thanks, me too. I can't bear to think what would have happened if he wasn't good at listening to mama!!!

    Thanks for the hugs. :) I'm doing much better, today. Seeing the inside of the car really did me in, yesterday, and I still need to go back and empty the trunk -- I was just too upset, yesterday, and it's raining, today. I appreciate the hugs and prayers. :)


    I still can't seem to think of anything else, but I'm going to try to get that review written, today! I'm glad you buckle up. Keep it up. :)

  18. Carrie,

    Scary, isn't it? Well, thank you. I think it's mostly his natural temperament that was showing, but I hope I had a little to do with how calm and upbeat he's turned out. He's having a little trouble with headaches and vision, so say a little prayer for him, would ya? We are very, very, very thankful that he was not seriously injured.

  19. God is good. I am so thankful that your son is okay.


  20. I'm a little late getting here, but I'm SO GLAD the kiddo is safe and sound. Definitely sending up prayers of thanks for that!

  21. I must have hit the wrong button or something, because I know I commented on this post. Grrr

    Anyway, I'm sorry to read/see the car accident, but so happy your kiddo is fine! And, not only fine health-wise, but a gentleman about the whole thing - that demonstrates some fine character. :)

  22. MJ,

    Thanks. He is, indeed. Thank you for the hugs. :)


    It's never too late to hear from you. Thank you and thank you. All the prayers of thanks are so appreciated. :)


    Apparently, my blog is just having a freak-out day. CJ just said she tried to comment and my post disappeared for a minute. Hmm.

    Thank you. We're sad about the car because it was so reliable, but in the grand scheme of things . . . it's just a car. It's the kiddo that counts. He's such a sweetie. I'm so pleased that he was well mannered, but honestly not surprised.

  23. Bookfool-- I finally had a moment to check in and was so worried to read about this. So glad to see that your son is okay. How scary!!!

    (Life by Candlelight)

  24. Thanks, Amy!

    Yes, scary is right! We just finished emptying the car out, this morning, and I think we're all glad to get that part over with and move on. Apart from trouble sleeping, Kiddo is great. That's all that counts. He's a sweetheart.

  25. I am so glad to hear that Kiddo is alright after the accident. I'm looking at the pictures of the post before while I type this and can't believe that he didn't get smushed in the least. I am a 100% believer that seatbelts really are there to save our lives. Several years ago hubby and I (before we were hubby and I) were in an awful accident where his truck flipped over. We landed upside down and without our seatbelts we would have surely gone out the window.

    Too bad about the car--Hondas really are the best, but so relieved about your son.

    Best wishes to you guys.

  26. Trish,

    Wow, that must have been terrifying for you. I'm with you -- I'm a firm believer that safety belts save lives. Part of that has to do with the fact that at one point in time I researched and wrote part of a book with a paramedic as the hero (a loooong time ago). All those EMS stories certainly supported my faith in safety belts. The last thing you want is to get thrown from a car.

    I'm kind of shocked my son didn't get smushed, too, and very, very grateful. Yeah, sad about the car. Oh, well. It served us well. Thanks, Trish. :)


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