I hope our American holiday finds all of you, in whichever part of the world you're in, well and happy today.
My family has a lot to be thankful for this year. Even though we are lost without Mom this Thanksgiving, we are so grateful that we were able to get to spend that extra time with her before she passed. The doctors had only given her a few days or weeks to live when we brought her home in January and we were blessed with eight extra months.
Dad and I are especially happy to be here today as we were involved in a traffic accident on Tuesday evening. We were in a rental car (my truck was in the shop) driving back to the ranch when a van ran a stop sign and drove directly in front of us. I stood on the brakes, but had nowhere to go as there was a car to the right of me and a curb on the left. The fact that it had been raining all day and the roads were wet didn't help the situation. The tiny little Ford Fiesta that we were in is no more. It did what it was supposed to and protected Dad and I by crumpling up around us instead of into us.
We are both pretty sore and banged up, but are very much alive to tell about it. The ironic thing is that a few minutes before the wreck we had been discussing how uncomfortable we were in the minuscule little car. Dad and I both drive big Ford F250 pick-ups and don't feel especially safe in smaller vehicles. I was comparing this car to the one Fred Flintstone drove where he could put his foot out to stop it. Thank you little Fiesta...
BIG (probably politically incorrect - BUT I DON'T CARE) RANT ALERT! Of course, being that this is California - the driver WHO BROKE THE LAW is unlicensed, had NO ID and is here ILLEGALLY. The police could only give him a citation and let him leave the scene, with the SIX little kids that he had in the van with him. THAT I am NOT thankful for. He almost killed Dad and I and put all those little kids in extreme danger and he just toodles on his merry, LAW IGNORING way. While we, as law-abiding, tax-paying CITIZENS, have to make arrangements for a now totalled rental car, have to find a ride home, and then take care of all of the LEGALITIES and FINANCIAL ramifications of being in an accident/CRIME VICTIMS - PLUS we both hurt like HELL. Our state is so messed up, it is scary. We have no rights or protections. Sorry about the rant and if it offends you, but these are the facts and it just hit me while I was trying to share how grateful I am that I am also pretty pissed and sore today.