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Heart pounding moments

By Carolina Sonshine on 05/09/13 22:58
Charlotte Observer

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You’re going along, thinking everything’s okay and without warning, it gets harder and harder to breathe… Such was the case for me Monday afternoon…

The day started with me rushing around, running behind first thing due to a misunderstanding about the time schedule for several back to back presentations at a north side high school. After I finished up there, I had an errand to run for John on the edge of downtown; consequently, it was after 2:30 before I was able to think about lunch…

I was so hungry by then that I had a pounding headache and my stomach had stopped rumbling. I decided to stop on the way home and grab a bite from the Chickfila where Grace works, as I often do.

When I neared the restaurant, I could see emergency lights flashing directly in front of the store… Clearly a car accident had occurred; from my vantage point I could see one of the cars involved but the other was blocked from my line of sight by the responding vehicles.

Fear crackled through me like an electric shock… My heart felt like it was going to beat right out of my chest… What if…surely not. Lord, please have mercy…

I rolled slowly forward until I was finally able to see the other car; thankfully it wasn’t one of ours…

Needless to say, my appetite evaporated.

Logic doesn’t always prevail when terror strikes… I knew Grace wasn’t scheduled to work but she frequently drops in on her days off, usually right after the lunch crowd clears out. I also knew Beth should have been on the way to her job and not in the area, but then sometimes she swings by for a sweet tea to go...

I had to speak to both of them before I could relax again.

You try your best to be brave and not let fear rule your life and still, at times, circumstances drive you to your knees. Once you’re living out every parent’s worst nightmare, you can no longer tell yourself, “Oh, that won’t happen to me.” Because you know all too well how easily it can… No one is immune…

I left the parking lot praying for the occupants of the upside-down SUV and giving thanks that this time, my family was okay. Accidents like this one happen every day, and like Brian, those involved don’t always get to walk away…

Wishing you many blessings…tg

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