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The first time I was about six or seven and playing the original King’s Quest on our very new computer. Somehow I wandered my character right into his death. I started screaming at the top of my lungs: “THE WITCH ATE ME!!!!!!!!!” My parents thought I had been killed.
The other two are more recent. Number two was when I got into a car accident almost two years ago. As the (passed-out) driver hit us, I screamed once. Then I screamed again in pure terror. Just twice, but I remember it vividly. I was sure I was going to die or at least be severely injured. The fact that I got away from that with just a small scar on my arm still amazes me.
The third time was Saturday around 7 p.m.
We were leaving a friend’s house after dinner. They have very steep, cobbled stone stairs outside. I was carrying Libbie, and wearing flip-flops. I slipped and toppled head-first down seven or eight of those stone stairs.
It’s one of those nightmares of motherhood, those things you imagine. I was hysterical. By the grace of God, Libbie only got a scratch on one foot and a bruise on the other. I am scratched and bruised all over both my legs, but neither of us broke anything and for that I feel very blessed. It could have been SO much worse.
OK, but really. Am I the Queen of Freak Accidents? Since we have moved to Nashville, I have:
—passed out at the Y in the shower and sprained my hip; had to be hauled off to the ER half-naked
–sprained my ankle both playing Wii Tennis and stepping off the curb at my house
–got rear-ended sitting still waiting to turn
–had my car totaled by a driver who passed out at the wheel
–sprained my foot by falling down at the grocery store
–thrown out my back getting out of my car
–and now this.
I just feel like the clumsiest person in the world. I know it was something that could happen to anyone … but could ALL of this happen to one person, really? Has anyone else had THIS MANY freak accidents?
At least I still haven’t broken a bone.
And for protection in all these situations, I am so thankful.
This post linked to Gratituesday at Heavenly Homemakers.