"The Day I destroyed my car in an Accident"
"The Day I Destroyed My Car"
That day back in September 2008, was no different than any other day that I had my errand to run. I got into my Toyota corolla an took off. All of my life I had bought cheap cash cars that never lasted very long. When I moved to Irving Texas I really needed a good car to get me back and forth to work every day. When I got my income tax check, it was enough money to put a down payment on a new car. In 2002, I bought a white 2001 Toyota Corolla CE. This was my first brand new car that I had ever purchased for myself and I was so proud of it. In 2005, we were hit by a hail storm, which put dings all over my car so the insurance company total my car body wise. They ask if I wanted to sell my car and after thinking about it, decided that I would keep it. Since it only had seventy thousand something miles on it.. The damages to my car paid off the eighteen hundred dollar car note and I had nineteen hundred in my pocket. I felt really good about finally owning my car outright, dings and all.
Good ole Bessie and I had traveled to Colorado, where we lived for two years before moving back to Texas. We stayed in Texas for about a year and a half before we relocated to Gold Canyon Arizona. Six months later we moved to Mesa Arizona after being there two years. I've learned that ex-military men like to move around and they don't mind it. We moved to Apache Junction where I had my car accident. This was a day that didn't seem any different than any other day, but I was terribly wrong in my assumption. I had quite a few irons in the fire this particular day. When I had finished up all my errands I realized that I hadn't pick up the mail in Gold Canyon and started to debate which route to take, for some reason I wanted to come over by my house and take that route but I had this feeling maybe I should go the other way. So, I ignored my pre-comceived notion not to go there and went that route any way. I realize today that it's always best to follow your first mind.
By going the route I had chosen, it cost me to be involve in an accident. I was waiting at the light and when the light change the traffic started to moved, I changed over to my left lane so I could go ahead and go, and the traffic was flowing and all of a sudden the SUV in front of me stop. Which caused me to hit my breaks. All I could see was the rear end of the SUV rushing up to me. As I swerved to the right and hit the corner of the Suv. That hit total my car, but it didn't so much damage to the SUV. I later learned that there was a bus on the left side of the highway that I didn't see because of the height of the SUV that was blocking my view. I was out for a few minutes and came to and realized that I had put and end to me and Bessie's partnership. That was indeed a sad day for me. I was more concerned about the passengers in the SUV, but I was told that they were okay, just a little shaken up. I had minor injuries to my hand neck and shoulder, but otherwise okay.
As I sit there being sad and disappointed that my one and only car, sweet Bessie was destroyed. Feeling sad for my lost and God made realize that I should count my blessings because it could have been me that was badly hurt or dead. So, I thanked God for my safety. Although, losing my car was also a terrible lost that was hard to except. It gave me my freedom and independence when I wanted to go and do things. I can't believe that it was all over in that instant. My car would end up in the car grave yard for parts. We to where they had taken the car to retrieve some items that was left in the car. To say my good by to Bessie one last time. As I stood and Looked at Bessie all bent up and crushed. The tears welled up in my eyes and my heart started to hurt as well because I had to put sweet Bessie to rest. The speedometer still setting on seventy thousand and something miles All I could think about was what a waste and a terrible lost to me. That was the day that my independence changed forever.
Benny Faye Douglass (C) Copyright 20 11
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