Thursday, February 3, 2011

I Just Went for a Spin - LITERALLY.

For the most part, I'm a fan of Winter. I like snow - playing in it, building men with it and even snow-blowing it off the driveway (thanks again, Mike and Kelly!). I like bundling up and wearing scarves and hats.

What I don't like is ice.
And trucks with real wheel drive. On ice.

I had Fred's truck this morning and was driving Elliot to school when before I know it, we're spinning. Instinctively, I pulled my foot up to hit neither gas or brake and just held on for the ride while yelling "ohshit" at an impressive rate of 3 times per second. We come to a stop with the back passenger side up a curb.

Me: Holy. Shit. Ooooooookay. Oh. My. Gawd.
Elliot: Momma! Why we spinnin'?
Me: (fortheloveofGawdElliotnotnow!) Um, we hit some ice. You okay?
Elliot: Uh-huh.
Me: Did that scare you? (causeholycrapitdidme)
Elliot: No. You just trickin'! You try to scare me!
Me: Okay, so I guess we need to see if we can get off this curb.

I pull off the curb and into the next street to a) assess the damage, b) calm the F down and c) answer Elliot's "why we spinnin" question that he has now asked 3 times.

No damage. Phew.
Called Fred and he's not mad. Phew.
Elliot's not even shaken. Phew.

Elliot: Mom? This is not the way to school.
Me: (omgstopit!letmethink) I know honey. Mommy needs a minute.
Elliot: It's not how we get to school.
Me: I. KNOW.

I get out again to make sure the tire isn't leaking and we head off to school - going the RIGHT way this time. I drop him off and make a beeline for Fred's work to trade vehicles.

I saw my car and my heart skipped a beat.
I park his big dumb truck and climb out.
I run toward my car with open arms.
I climb in and give my steering wheel a hug.

Me: I love you.

As I drove to work, I thought about a few things to be thankful for:
  1. Me and Elliot are just fine.
  2. Elliot really doesn't even know what just happened.
  3. I have a REAL CAR to drive that isn't a jackass on ice.
  4. It was past 8am so the 4-lane road was empty as we spun through 3 lanes.
  5. Lots of snow on the roadsides meaning no damage as we slid right up the curb.
  6. I didn't pee myself.
I'd say that for having to have an accident on the crappy roads, I did pretty well! Job well done, Anna. *pats self on back*

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks goodness you guys were okay and all, but I have to admit your post made me laugh! heehee, sorry! :)