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Topic: THANKFUL (11/14/19)
- TITLE: Humor - in a Roundabout Way
By Rachel Burkum
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I hadn’t ever been in an accident before. Well, a car accident, that is. I’d gone head over heels down a flight of stairs, sprawled across a roller skating rink (or just a normal floor), been fallen on by a full-grown horse, and even incurred a broken arm and fractured vertebra at different times from various spills. But I’d somehow traded a car accident for a few close calls. Until the other day.
I was traveling out of town with a good friend of mine. The reason? To visit her daughter who was in college. The sweet teenager had gotten herself into fender bender not long before that, and had to appear in traffic court. She was scared to death, so it was Mom to the rescue, just to give her some much needed moral support. My role? To provide some company on the overnight trip. And hey, it was the only time I was getting out of town this year, so I decided it could be a mini vacation.
The first blessing was that traffic court wasn’t so bad. The poor girl probably received the most gentle punishment possible since it was her first incident, and we were all happy when the experience was over. We celebrated by grabbing a quick breakfast to go, and getting her back to the campus so she could hurry off to classes. My friend and I made a fast stop for gas, then aimed out of town. It was a very brief “vacation,” but that was okay. We’d be on the road for another five hours to get back home. Or so we thought. It actually took longer than that.
The second blessing was that no one got hurt. Remember the accident I mentioned? Yeah, that. We were run into while navigating one of those glorious roundabouts that has multiple lanes. Just for the record... we’ve both vowed to avoid them at all costs from now on.
The third blessing was that an off-duty police officer saw us pull to the side with the other car, so he was able to lend a hand.
The fourth blessing was that our rental car was still drivable in spite of a nice dent in the side.
The fifth blessing was humor. Once the shock wore off, we started shaking our heads at the irony. We hadn’t even been out of traffic court a full hour, and had fallen victim to our very own accident. I texted my friend’s daughter to let her know what was going on and that we were alright. When she called me shortly after, she was laughing. It was contagious, and soon all three of us were laughing together. What else could we do?
The sixth blessing was that we got back on the road in no time. The stress was enormous, but we were alive, uninjured, and able to eat the breakfast sandwiches that had survived the jolting experience as well... even though they were rather cold at that point.
In the end, there was a lot we could have complained about, but there was even more for which to be thankful. I wish God would have prevented the accident all together, but for some reason He allowed it. Perhaps it was to remind us that in the middle of life’s predicaments there are still blessings... and humor. He knew when we started the trip that it would wind up being one of the most ironic days ever. And I bet at some point He even smiled. We did.
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