Accident Happened

Blue Bessie took one for the team this afternoon. We've got our fingers crossed for her.

Blue Bessie took one for the team this afternoon. We’ve got our fingers crossed for her.

(May 10, 2016) We were northbound on M-139 in Benton Township, Michigan with Natalie at the wheel of our 2012 Honda Civic and me sound asleep in the passenger seat.  I had just told Natalie to awaken me when we got to Aldi’s for our Tuesday shopping, and she said she would.  Then she stopped at the light just north of Exit 28 on I-94 and—WHAM!!!!!!  The rear window shattered, and we were shoved forward by a Ford Ranger that had failed to make the stop.  Rear-ended.  Big-time.  The force of the crash shoved Natalie’s left hand against the wheel and awakened the sleeping tiger in the passenger seat. Assuming we were under attack by paramilitaries, I sprung from the car and flung an expletive or two at the driver of the Ford Ranger who had climbed out of his vehicle and was asking if we were okay.  He apologized repeatedly and said it was his fault, and I let the anger dissolve in the rain. “Accidents happen,” I heard myself say.  And then we got down to the business of calling the police, and the insurance company, and as we were standing there in the rain waiting for it all to unfold as it always does after an accident, our good friend Shawn Lynch appeared out of nowhere and said he had been driving past on M-139 doing some errands when he saw some guy in a White Sox jacket yelling at some guy with a Ford Ranger, and—it’s all working out, and Shawn was a huge, huge help, driving us as he did to Enterprise to rent a car, and we got our car towed to the body shop in Niles and talked to the appraiser, and—well, we’re home safe and sound and the White Sox are winning and the world is still spinning and it’s getting time to say “Good night, Gracie.”  So one more time: “Good night, Gracie.”

Blue Bessie heads off to Niles for a May make-over.

Blue Bessie heads off to Niles for a May make-over.

Blue Bessie waits to see the doctor in Niles. It could have been worse. Much, much worse. Thank you, God.

Blue Bessie waits to see the doctor in Niles. It could have been worse. Much, much worse. Thank you, God.

 

 

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About charleymckelvy

Charles McKelvy lives and writes in southwest Michigan with his wife and fellow writer, Natalie McKelvy. They established the Dunery Press in 1988 in order to publish their own fiction. They continue to do so to this day. Charles McKelvy is an Eagle Scout.
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7 Responses to Accident Happened

  1. I’m glad you’re both ok. It’s an awful shock when something like that happens

  2. Anonymous says:

    So glad you guys weren’t hurt too badly!!

  3. OH MY! How’s Natalie this morning? You two alright today? I hope so! WOW, poor Blue Bessie! I hope she comes home good as new.

  4. I’m glad you’re both ok. Take care!

  5. AUNT cynie says:

    Charlie I hope you both are ok today and no aches and pains. Blue Bessie will recover too in time. Take care and watch the rear view mirror. So glad you two are alright. A.C.

    • Natalie and I awakened the day after with no aches or pains. And we are confident Blue Bessie will be put to right in the fullness of time. Meanwhile, we have a rental car that more than serves our needs. God is good.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Grateful you were not hurt “Good Time”.

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