Thursday, February 7, 2013
Close to Nowhere
Life worth five minutes?
Coming to work Tuesday, I saw what could have been a car accident and a few miles later, I was nearly involved in what could easily have been an accident.
Both would have been caused by speeding drivers.
In all honesty, I have been known to speed. I’ve had my share of tickets and I’m sure I’ve nearly caused accidents.
I have a teenage granddaughter who drives now. And the other one will be driving in a year or so. So I stay scared a lot. It’s worse than when my daughter first started driving.
This morning on Hwy. 310, I was behind a school bus. I was staying a proper distance back and just driving along when a car pulled up smack on my bumper and wouldn’t back off!
Eventually the car, which turned out to be a really snazzy blue/green Mustang, went flying past me and the school bus which was still a good distance ahead of me. The car barely made it past the bus before the intersection with Hwy. 7 and careened around the corner toward Oxford.
I turned and came on toward Holly Springs and just before Wall Doxey State Park there was a long line of traffic headed toward Oxford. In both lanes. Now, Hwy. 7 is only a two-lane -- two cars, maybe three, were in my lane, passing the cars in their proper lane.
I hit the brakes and the shoulder of the road. I’m very thankful for good brakes!
But I wondered the rest of the way to work, was the five minutes those drivers saved worth the risk to not only their lives, but mine?
What if that had been my teenager driving my car? Would she have enough experience to notice and get out of the way?
• On a happier note, my daughter has been bitten hard by the quilting bug.
We took a class a month or so ago with her friend Tammye, who lives in Arlington, Tenn.
Saturday, we drove through all the ice-caused accidents on Hwy. 78 though Byhalia and Olive Branch to go to another quilt class. This one was a bit on the much harder side -- paper piecing a mariner’s compass. Dana and Tammye both got it! Dana has gone from being totally not interested to loving it.
Tammye has gone from being afraid to cut her fabric to slicing and dicing like a pro.
I’m so proud of both of them! I’m even prouder of my mariner’s compass!
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