|Even our dog seemed to welcome the rain this morning. She chose to get wet, versus going in her doghouse or asking to come in!|
I don't usually hope for rain on a holiday weekend.
This is certainly not the kind of weather I would normally hope for on a three-day weekend, especially as we have a number of outdoor things planned. However, this downpour is just the sort of rain needed to dampen forests and help extinguish wildfires. It would be selfish for me to complain, or wish for drier weather this weekend! I just hope it is enough water to quell the flames and enable the firefighters to return home.
Last year I wrote two posts about Labor Day. One mentioned the weather, and in the other, I reminded everyone to be extra-careful driving during the increased holiday traffic. The best advice though, is really just to be careful all of the time!
An unavoidable accident
Coming home from a high school soccer game this past week, on a fortunately fairly empty highway and traveling the speed limit of 70 mph, our car struck a deer. It was unavoidable, and I was grateful for my husband's defensive driving skills. Had he not slowed as much as he had in the instant after we saw the deer, or if he had swerved or hit the brakes hard, the outcome might have been much more dire. The only damage done was to the poor deer and the front of my car.
This collision with a deer has me thinking about a lot of things.
- It's hard to believe an impact with an animal that probably only weighed 100-to-125 pounds can do that much damage.
- I hope I am as good of a person as the woman who gathered the parts of our bumper up off the road, and stopped to be sure that we were okay. We didn't learn her name, and I was on the phone with 911 at the time, so I didn't even get to thank her. We were very grateful for her help!
- Most of us feel like we pay too much for insurance - but right now I am very glad we have it.
- I locked eyes with the deer just before the impact. I can't get the vision of her lovely face out of my head, and I wish that she had leaped safely off the road. I am grateful her body did not come through our windshield, or cause anyone traveling behind us to have an accident.
- We think we are in control of our lives - but circumstances and priorities can change instantaneously.
- Being happy has less to do with what happens to us, than with how we view the things that happen.
|In this moment, we could have complained about the rain pelting the front windshield - or felt lucky for the beautiful scene behind us.|
Whatever the weather, whatever your plans - -
I hope your weekend is safe and wonderful, and that you
make the most - - of all of it!