Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Slip slidin' away

Beloved and I have had our share of drama and trauma in our lives: lost jobs, found lumps, misplaced affections...but Sunday evening was a wonder to behold. You know it's not going to be a good day when the cell phone call from your youngest begins with "Daddy? Where's the card for the car insurance?"

It's true: KayJay fought with the wintry road conditions of northern Iowa and lost. But it was no simple, slip-into-the-ditch hitch. Noooo.... She spun around and was struck by a car coming the opposite way.

That may sound kind of scary, and you can be sure that hearing about it from over a hundred miles away added to the fear factor, but it wasn't really as bad as all that. KayJay came out of it with some bruises and a headache. The car came out of it totaled.

Again, that may sound kind of extreme, and you can be sure that thinking about getting a new vehicle puts a knot in my intestines, but it wasn't really as bad as all that. We're talking about a 2003 Kia Spectra, after all. It doesn't take much to total a car like that. The last time I changed oil, we were halfway there. Of course, the last time I changed oil, I also put on two new tires...AUGH! I JUST REMEMBERED: that Kia had two brand new tires on it!

pant...pant...deep breath

That's okay, at least we still have our daughter. That's okay, at least we still have our daughter. That's okay...(keep repeating it until it takes hold...)

One thing that seems very much like God is winking at us: KayJay was given a $100 fine for "failure to maintain control of the vehicle." (She says Iowa should get a fine for failure to plow the stupid roads 24 hours after a storm.) The God-wink part of that factual fact is that when KayJay went to the garage and cleaned out the car, she found a graduation card in the glove compartment...with a $100 bill in it.

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