Wednesday, January 25, 2006

SCARED.HALF.TO.DEATH.

Today we went to a friends house and the kids rode their bikes to the park. (well, Gracie was in the stroller). Cameron was not too far ahead of me, but he was crossing a driveway at the same time that a car was backing out. He wasn't stopping. They weren't stopping. I felt like everything was in slow motion. I screamed louder than I have Ever screamed in my life for him to STOP. Thank God, he did. And I had screamed so loud, that the elderly person in the car came to a screeching halt also. Tradgedy averted. You see, a very good friend of mine had this happen to her and her son was killed, right in front of her. It was the saddest thing that I think has ever happened to anyone I know. And today it almost happened to me. I was shaking so badly I could hardly stand up. We had a long talk about looking into the driveway to see if a car is coming, and I made him stop at every driveway after that until we reached their house. But I am not sure he will ever be allowed to ride his bike in a residential neighborhood again...

8 comments:

Michelle said...

Oh my gosh. This brought tears to my eyes just reading about it. I went to that little boy's funeral, and I have never experienced anything so heartbreaking in my life. I swore to myself after that my children would NEVER ride their bikes anywhere but at a park or open space where no cars where allowed, and NEVER, EVER on a sidewalk in a residential neighborhood. I will never forget the anguish that our friend went through after losing her son that way. I'm so glad Cameron is O.K.

M3 (Mary-Mia) said...

OMG!!!! So glad everything is ok. How frightening. Glad you've got a powerful set of lungs on you, my friend.

paradigmsg said...

Remember that Cameron was dedicated to GOD at birth and HE protects him each and every day. Thank HIM for your lungs and Cameron's hearing and the car's driver for stopping. Bike in the park please. Luv DAD

Catie&Meigan'sMom said...

OH MY! OH MY!!!! I'm scared right there with ya Lisa! and I lost my breath reading that.....holy "you know what"...what a scare for you...things like that seem to be in slow motion...it happend with Catie when she was young..flipped out over backwards out of a cart in Costco, and landed on her head on the concrete....a slow motion nightmare it was for me....

hugs to YOU and to Cameron!

Kristin, Brian, Catie & Meigan

One Lucky Mom said...

Glad it was all ok. How horrible! Don't you hate it when those scenes play out in front of you? Also, so sorry about your friend. One of my many "worst fears". I am so glad we live on a court! It could happen here too, I suppose. -J-

Shelley said...

Oh Lisa - that is one of many "worst nightmare" situations we parents have, isn't it? I'm so glad Cameron was unhurt. Ditto Kristin's message - Big hugs to you!

Shelley

Old Lush said...

This made me so scared. It's one thing to hear before you have kids, it's another after and you can put yourself exactly into the situation. I teared up reading this. I think I would have lost it..you said you were shaking..I don't think I would have been that well composed.

It reminded me of a part of the movie "Crash". (It was out last year...about race relations/takes place in LA) Have you seen it? It's good, by the way, and I don't want to give it away totally...but there's a part of the movie where a Hispanic family's child's life is on the line, and you can just totally identify (especially if you are one) with the feeling of being a parent at the moment of "slow motion", as you described it. Or when the tradgedy was about to happen. I bawled in the theater for about ten minutes because I can't imagine the emotion of losing a child.

Donna said...

I'm so glad he's okay! My heart was pounding as I read your post and I'm sure that was nothing compared to how YOUR heart pounded!

Donna