Mayhem struck me without warning last night. Well, not ME per se, but mayhem definitely struck my stuff, so let’s just say I found myself mayhem-adjacent. Lady Bugg requires a facelift. Oh, who am I kidding? She now requires a body lift. Lady Bugg is my Honda accord coupe (a two-door, bright red, little spit-fire of a car). She is lovely. Yes, I name my cars. To me, my cars are family members. I even talk to my car. Doesn’t everyone? Ha! More about the body lift in a minute…
My favorite commercials right now are the Mayhem series by Allstate Insurance. Catch the reference? Mayhem? This series makes me laugh every single time. Especially the one featuring the middle-aged man, Mayhem, as a teenage girl driving a pink SUV through a parking lot, texting on her bedazzled jeweled cell phone, wearing pink sunglasses, and “she” is angry because her BFF (who isn’t even HOT) kissed her crush, LOL!! If you’re not familiar, below is a clip. These commercials are BRILLIANT. Yes, pure genius. They rival my other favorite, the e-Trade baby. What? A baby talking about stocks? Witty! Again, G-E-N-I-U-S!!
Okay, back to my personal mayhem. For those of you who read “A Mustard Seed and Me” you know I’m on a super-power-kill-a-tumor pill that has some pretty nasty side effects. Well, yesterday around 3pm, one of those side effects set in… nausea. It was horrible. I was so sick and I had to leave work. Walking home I couldn’t even muster a smile to fellow pedestrians. It felt like my entire insides were all discombobulated. I never vomited; just felt icky – great medical term, right? Yep, the ickiness was all consuming. Initially, I was supposed to attend a movie premier and I was totally bummed that my nausea was going to make me miss it. I love movies!! I love them even more when they are FREE!!! Once I was home and my head hit the pillow, I slept sooooo hard. I woke up three hours later with drool on my cheek. Attractive!! Ha! Yes I was a new woman and all side effects were gone!! Whew!!
Within minutes of waking, my cell phone rang. It was my friend on the line (let’s just call her Boo to protect the innocent) and she was crying hysterically. In between sobs, Boo managed to get out a few words, “Oh. My. God… I’ve wrecked your car. I hit a deer. It just ran out. I saw it coming. I couldn’t do anything. I just can’t catch a break!” See, I had loaned her my car because I wasn’t going anywhere over the weekend, so of course I would let Boo drive my car to see her family. Her baby niece was turning one year old and who wants to miss that? Besides my parents always taught me to share!! My response? “Awe, honey! Are you okay? You are all right? **sigh of relief** Okay good. Everything will be just fine. Don’t even worry about it – as long as you’re safe that is ALL THAT MATTERS!!!” And then I laughed!!
Thankfully my friend is perfectly fine. She was shaken, rightfully so, but praise God she was not stirred. Humans don’t always come back from stirred, you know? Boo was going 65mph on 275E (a local bypass highway). I’m uber thankful she was protected and no other cars were involved!! Amen!! As for the deer? Well, the doe was not so lucky **frown**
Dunno about you, but I’ve always believed things happen for a reason. Yesterday was case in point. Had I gone to the movies as planned then I never would have heard my cell phone ring… I would have missed my friend’s desperate call, and I would have missed an opportunity to be there for her. She needed me. She needed love, support and care. Above all, she needed understanding and forgiveness!! These things were readily available and super easy for me to give Boo.
Yes, Lady Bugg requires a body lift, but I’m fully insured and as luck would have it when a deer commits vehicular suicide it is considered an act of God, so no deductible is required. In the end… it will be like getting a whole new car… well, really… half a new car because it is the passenger side that is a bit mangled. Soon, she will be good as new!! My insurance agent called me this morning to check up to ensure everyone was safe and sound. He assured me that my 10-year accident free discount remains intact because no other cars were involved. Due to this “act of God” my claim will not cause my rates to increase. All is good in the hood.
The passenger side window exploded and glass was everywhere. I inspected my friend and I saw no bruises, no scrapes and no glass imbedded in her. Thank God!! There was so much broken glass from one little window; even tiny shards landed in the back window. Boo said it was like an explosion – poor girl. As long as she was safe, I don’t care about a piece of metal… no matter how much I love my car. It can be fixed. Broken people? Not so much!! A deer and cars clearly do not mix – they cause fatalities and Boo is not hurt!!
Looking at the damage, I know my angels were protecting my friend. I’ve always had a little angel pin on the driver’s side visor as a sign of protection. Friday I showed it to Boo and told her that she would be safe… my angels would look out for her. Immediately after the accident, Boo sat there in the driver’s seat and cried. She remembered our conversation about my angels and she looked up, rubbed the pin and said thank you! Boo also believes she was protected. Indeed, divine intervention played a part in her safety!!
Boo doesn’t know this, but when I gave her my car I touched Lady Bugg and said a prayer, “May the white light of the Lord surround and protect this car and all inside it! Please God ensure safe passage for my friend.” I asked that angels travel with Boo all weekend to ensure her safety. These were said not because I worried about my car, but because only a few short months ago my friend was in a car accident and she was a bit squeamish about driving again.
All weekend long, Boo travelled with her boyfriend and she had just dropped him off. OMG, I shudder to think what would have happened had he been in the passenger seat!! After the accident he rushed to her aid **smile** and followed her to my parking garage. Thankfully, Lady Bugg was/is drivable (minus the missing passenger side window). I’ve heard such wonderful things about her boyfriend, but last night was the first time we met. As I surveyed the damage, I laughed and told my friend she was actually helping me out. There is a scratch on the passenger side where I may have gotten a little too close to a concrete pole in the parking garage and the pole won – now that blemish gets fixed for FREE!! Her boyfriend laughed and said, “WOW, you are the most optimistic person I’ve ever met!!”
Go figure Lady Bugg wanted to get in a little hunting season action because she certainly got herself a deer!! Either that or Lady Bugg was PISSED I loaned her out to a “stranger” for the weekend! Ha! Never knew my car to be so testy!! Free rental car. No deductible. Boo wasn’t hurt. No other cars involved. Lady Bugg will be good as new soon! AND, I walk to work. No harm. No foul.
I sent my Daddy a text this morning with a picture of the accident and assured him everyone was okay. He responded, “So does this mean you’re having venison instead of turkey for Thanksgiving?” And then he called it an “Act of Bambi” – LOL!! Oh, how I love that man… he always finds the humor in everything!! When times are rough, laughter truly is the best medicine. As for me, I always look for the silver lining in everything. Combine the two and it is a pretty powerful one-two punch. Lucky for me I inherited his keen sense of humor!!
Not to be selfish, but I’m glad it wasn’t me driving. If it were me I would have been going about 80+ mph and may not have been so lucky!! Whenever someone is in the car with me, I resist my lead-foot ways. I’m pretty sure God is telling me, through this experience, that I am just as precious of a cargo as those who travel with me and I need to show myself the same respect. If I slow down for others, why don’t I slow down for me? Ultimate lesson here is that there is no destination important enough that I need to risk my life just to arrive a few minutes early. It is time to slow down, so that I do not find myself in a similar situation, but with much different results. Okay, I get the message!!
Rest in peace our little four-legged friend. I’m sorry you committed vehicular suicide!!
© Renae Rossman and Candy Coated Reality™