April 16, 2015
The Tree, revised
This is why I love Julia:
I looked over at the passenger seat. At the pile of my coat, purse, some papers, gloves. It took only a moment to slip my right hand inside the purse and feel around for that pen.
BOOM! A loud noise and big jolt from under the hood made my eyes shoot back up to the road. Except there was no road. Instead, there was a big parkway tree coming up fast.
Turns out I had drifted over to the right, driving up and over the curb, onto the parkway. Jerking the wheel hard left, I over-compensated.
By God’s grace, no one was in the oncoming lane. Steadying the wheel and myself, it took a few for me to get my bearings and realize what I had done.
The kids, strapped in their car seats were, thankfully, too young to rat me out.
I continued the drive to Julia’s house and, on arrival at her front door, breathlessly told her what awful thing I had done.
Without missing a beat, she replied, “Don’t you just HATE when that happens?”