A Car Crashes…

Today, I was walking around a lake with my SO. She was with me for the weekend, helping me cope with the stress and grief that has been surrounding me. She is  amazing , and I am happy and I do feel blessed to have her in my life.

We left the park, walking towards my car. Already crossed the street, I stopped at a bench to tie my shoe lace. We were walking back to the main sidewalk when an out of control car, easily doing over 70 mph, skidded, crashed into a wooden pole, knocking it down at the base, almost severing live electrical wiring, and then spinning to a halt a bit further down the street into another pole.

My SO (Lisa) and I just barely missed getting hit by the falling wooden pole, jumping back and moving away from the wires and debris of the car that spewed all over. Our hearts racing (for us, that all it was: fear, for the car looked like it was heading right at us), Lisa, who is certified as a first responder, ran over and ripped open the passenger car door, getting the woman to remain where she was and keeping her calm, as best she could. Her bravery astounded me, her reaction flawless and selfless. If I hadn’t already admired her for her strengths…I could not be prouder of Lisa.

The older woman had a stroke (cops mentioned that). Her car was totaled. The cops came, people gawked, some made suppositions as to what happened (we were the only two on the spot witnesses), we gave the cops our names and info (as best we could), and left to come home.

What is eerie to me is that approximately ten minutes before this, I had told Lisa I was naming this blog The Opening of Doors. She opened that woman’s door, not leaving her alone, not letting her sit in suffering in silence…and when I looked at the older woman, she was disheveled and upset and lost…and I saw my mother in her.

I hope that woman is well. She survived the crash. My mother died a month ago, and that is partly where this blog starts off. A door is opened….


About StuHN

I am a creative individual with many areas of passion: Professional Storyteller; NYS Certified Drama Specialist/Educator; Professional Development Coordinator & Facilitator; Workshop Leader; sometime Puppeteer; Playwright; Director; Performer; Teaching Artist; and sometimes more.

Posted on November 18, 2012, in Caring, Counsling, Fear, Friends, Grief, Healing, Inspiration, Love, Meditations, Mindfulness, Prayers, Spiritual, Support, Therapy, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. To tie a shoe and be out of harm’s way is one of the many ‘coincidences’ that intrigue me over and over again.
    Lisa is top shelf as are you darlin’. I envy her, her skills and admire her response.
    May your shoestrings plague you if it keeps you well and safe. xoxo

  2. Lisa sounds like an incredible person. I have a feeling that man doors will become significant for you as you open your heart on these pages. I agree with Zencherry–May all the small coincidences continue to keep you safe.


  3. Life is full of risks. How often do we just miss getting hurt without realizing it? One day I was walking in the woods with family when a tree branch fell out a tree and speared the ground just inches from me. If it had hit me in the head or shoulder, I might not be here today.

  4. Coincidence? Miracle? Does everything happen for a reason? Who knows. . life is full of the inexplicable. I hope that, one by one, doors start to open for you. And make sure that you hang on to that pair of shoes! 🙂

  5. Stu, as Lisa suggests, wear them, vs. bronziing them- thankful you were both not hurt.

  6. I’m glad things conspired to keep you safe, Stu. A sign that you are being watched over.

  7. Absolutely heart-stopping. I hope that woman recovered, as well. How terrifying for you and Lisa, yet how lucky for the woman that you were both there when she needed you. I’m betting that she lived, and someone, somewhere, is grateful for a little more time with their mom.

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