Thursday, August 06, 2009
Yesterday morning, the puppies and I were running behind schedule so we didn't drive over to the park to do our walk. To save time, we drove on into work and then walked up the hill on the road near the building. We use to walk this road every day. A couple years ago, we walked it at lunch every day and it was one of the things that really helped with the successful weight loss. There's only side walks on a small portion of it and that's not the part we were using yesterday. We've never had any problems although people do drive too fast. For safety's sake, we walk facing traffic and are careful to get over into the grass when we see someone coming toward us.
Not yesterday. Why didn't we get over? Because the car that nearly mowed us down was coming up from behind! I couldn't believe it. They were going very fast and swerved from the other side of the road and nearly clipped me. I can't stop thinking about it. At first, I thought it was someone from work trying to be funny, but the car did not turn into our parking lot nor had I ever seen it before. Why would anyone do that for humor anyway??? What if the dogs had tripped me just at that moment and I fell into the road? No way could they have not hit me. It takes my breath away and I can't stop thinking bout it. All I would have had to do was bend my elbow and it would have touched the driver's window as they shot past. It feels so deliberate. Of course, I blamed it on my weight. I thought to myself that they would think it's funny to try and scare the fat blonde chick.
I was talking to my friend last night and she was asking if maybe they swerved to miss something in the road and it just made them come to close to me? I guess that's a possibility but I never saw anything and if there had been some small animal, the dogs would have been all over that. I like her optimism and would prefer to think that a car would not deliberately try to run you down as you walked your dogs, but I don't know...
I just want to tell that driver about my grandmother that died from injuries suffered from being hit by a car. It's not something that should be done in a joking manner. It's simply not funny, no matter how big that blonde girl's backside is. One things for sure, it motivated me to stay on schedule today and we had plenty of time to drive over to the park and walk where we could be safe.
Monday, August 03, 2009
My drive to work is long and often tedious. God has blessed me over the years with the joy of watching a swan family each spring come back to the same little pond and raise their cygnets. I have pulled over to watch them numerous times. Twice a day, every day, from early spring to early fall, for about nine years, I watch to see what the family is up to. Last year, they had three and I even have a video of one of their first few swimming lessons. It's so cute. This year, there were only two, but it was fun to watch them grow.
In early June, the two cygnets were small enough to both fit in one of my palms. On Friday, a mere 2 months later, they were still their soft gray color but were as big as their parents. It's a very fast process.
I have had some bad shocks in my life, but this morning, I had one of the worst I've ever felt. Three of the swans have been killed. At first, they were believed to have been shot by a human but now, there seems to be some doubt. Here are two articles if you are interested. They are short but informative.
I have been crying all morning. Even tho I tell myself, it's crazy, they are just swans, they have played such a big part in my life for such a long time, it's hard to believe they are gone.
Now, I have to watch out for the eating monster. This is prime visiting hours for him. Usually, when I'm this upset, it's a case of "shovel meets mouth." So far so good. I haven't totally cracked yet.
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