August 19, 2010
I'm a stickler for proper grammar...y'all (Southern colloquialisms aside) have likely learned that over these past 5 years. Please rest assured that the title of today's post is NOT a typo. When I said that I was grateful to be alive on my birthday, I could not have meant it more.
As it turns out, I was in a car accident on my birthday eve. It seems that a deer and I were attempting to occupy the same space (I in my station wagon and him via a leap) simultaneously. Yes...a deer crashed into me. I was driving in an unfamiliar area so I was not going very fast but I never saw him coming. Since there was no shoulder, I had to drive (shattered windshield and all) to the entrance of a subdivision. It was there that I immediately called 911. The person who was driving immediately behind me witnessed the collision, of course, and was kind enough to pull over.
To make a very long story short, the officer said that if I had slammed on brakes (as most people who see deer tend to do), I likely would have been injured. He went on to say that if I'd hit my brakes, more cars/hurt people surely would have been involved.
I spent this year's birthday being a bit more introspective than I have in quite a while. I guess seeing your life flash before your eyes tends to have that effect. I did a mini Bucket List...what do I want to do between ages 37 and 38? My list includes being on television, taking a girlfriends' trip to the beach and seeing at least one movie in the THEATER a month.
What's on YOUR bucket list?