I’m a happy person. I find a lot of joy in every day. This isn’t to say that life is always rainbows and butterflies.
Tough days happen. Tantrums occur. Household appliances break. Dogs get sick. Husbands work late. Internet connections go out. Dinners get burned. Financial decisions need to be made. Plans cancel. Computers delete important documents. Stains appear on couches. Floors somehow never get clean. All things that can be frustrating.
Whenever I find myself getting unnecessarily worked up over these sort of things, I force a deep breathe and think to myself, it could have been worse. This statement makes me evaluate situations in a less dramatic way. It makes me count my blessings and brings a bit of perspective to the situation.
Yesterday, I was in a car wreck. Worse, Hailey was with me. We were on our way home for lunch and nap when another car miscalculated its timing and t-boned into the left side of our car.
Like the story always goes, it happened so fast. Before I could scream, I was punched in the side of my face with the airbag and our car whipped around. Once I realized what happened, I jumped out to open the back door and grab Hailey.
Overall, we are all (including the other car) OK. Sore and achy, yes, but it could have been so much worse.
We almost turned Hailey’s car seat around this past weekend. She’s 21 months old- so close to 2. But it just didn’t sit right with me. She’s always been happy sitting backwards, so I figured if she wasn’t complaining, we might as well hold out a little longer. I’m so glad we did.
I’m no expert and perhaps it didn’t make a lick of difference, but it made me feel better that she was rear facing.
The event was so scary to me, as I’ve never been in an accident with airbags, especially with a toddler. Hailey screamed once, but never cried. I, on the other hand, could barely get a sentence out to the officer or tow truck guys because I would start crying every time I tried to talk. Needless to say, I was quite shaken up.
I called my friend, Alison, to see if she could get me. She wasn’t able to, but being a great friend, called around until she found someone that could. Thank you Amanda!
And also, let’s talk about this guy.
David was working, a crazy week for him no less, but as soon as I called he took over. After ensuring we were ok, he handled talking to insurance, getting the rental car, buying a new car seat, and every tiny detail while Hailey and I de-jittered at home.
I’m feeling pretty sore today, but also so grateful. I often live in a bubble of perceived safety and yesterday was a little reminder of how quickly things can change.
What is one thing that makes you grateful, even on the toughest days?