Friday, November 17, 2006

Close Call Left Me Wondering

All I needed was another thing to make me worry about loved ones, or to obscess over death-related matters. Yesterday, Mr. J makes the "mistake" (as he put it) of telling me that he was 'nearly' struck by an 18-wheeler (large commercial truck). It seems that the light turned green for him, the truck ran the red light and they swerved to miss each other. He said it was so close that he could feel the wind even in his truck. We've discussed the bad drivers around Memphis, and that is no lie. I can understand that a truck of that size is unable to maybe stop at a red light if he is very close, but odds are he was probably plowing down the road at death-defying speeds when this happened.

Also, Mr. J has to be aware that people run red lights all the time, and to watch more closely before he begins to drive. He really could've been killed! It could happen anywhere anytime, I know, but the fact remains... it scared me thinking that I could have had a call in the middle of the afternoon to learn that my "Mr. J" was no more... Life is so fragile, and something can happen and take it away so fast (your own life or someone you care for). There isn't anything we can do about that fact, because what is meant to be will be. Most of us have in fact, already experienced losses, and that's been painful all on its own, maybe some are still dealing with recent losses too.

So, we can do this-we can be prepared, and always make sure that someone knows how we feel, how much we love them, care about them and how important they are in our lives. It is easy to argue and leave the house angry (which I never do), but my advice is to make sure that you feel that the last words you say to someone, you can live with-You should be able to have as little regret as possible 'Just in Case' (anything can happen). Not to think or live morbidly, just to live freely and not be afraid to let people know how you feel. It might make all the difference. Do it "just because", and not even 'just in case', just because it's better anyway to treat each other well...

Have a safe, wonderful Friday and please be very aware of everything going on around you... it's a danger-zone out there!!!

Love,
Aunt Jackie

9 comments:

chelly said...

Thank goodness Mr. J's alright! I can only imagine how he must have felt as it was happening. I like your point about never leaving the house angry too. Hope you're doing alright too AJ!

Have a great weekend and rest up! :)

Ordinary Janet said...

I'm glad Mr. J is OK. This post brought back the memory of a time a year or two ago when I was almost T-boned by a guy running a red light at an intersection. I slammed on my brakes and he missed my front bumper by inches. I was just glad that I didn't have Mom and Spot in the car with me. That shook me up. I can't imagine what a close call with an 18-wheeler would do to me-I'd probably have more wine than was good for me when I got home. You make a good point about not letting the last thing you say to someone you love be something you might regret.

Steven Novak said...

Glad he's okay.

You make a hell of a point also...it's something I really should start doing more myself.

Steve~

Aunt Jackie said...

You can never predict what those other "drivers" are going to do out there, no sir!! Always watch; I'm guilty myself sometimes of not doing so though. You can also be too careful... It was around two weeks ago that someone just simply "stopped" at a yellow light and was rear ended by one of those big rigs and killed. People need to remember that they are unable to stop quickly like that...
And Steven some kooky Doctor once said (maybe it was joyce brothers or someone) "Never go to bed mad". I like that advice, I always like to work things out before we go to bed angry or leave the house angry... just not worth it!!

Jo said...

thank god he's ok, I live in the middle of no-where and have country roads all round me and nearly run off them so many times by mad drivers that drive like it's a matter of life and death and no regard for anyone else.
You take care aswell aunt Jackie have a lovely weekend.

Nana said...

Hug the Richenator for me!!! Love Vickie

her indoors said...

holy s@*t glad he is ok, hope you manage to have a good weekend x

Dollface said...

Yep, always let those who matter to you know just how much, then there is never any regrets. We just never know when we walk out that door that we may never be coming back in.

Aunt Jackie said...

Thanks guys! Yes, dollface I agree with ya there!