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A Wonderful Thanksgiving Day and a Horrible Car Wreck

Updated on November 29, 2019
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Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

Roses Are Cool

Why not look at the rose instead of the thorns
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Blessings

Oh you would say it was horrible. Not here. Car wreck here is a problem. I say it was fantastic. His mom and my son were traveling on the road. A horrible car wreck happened. Heavy, heavy coastal rains for a second day. She was driving quite appropriately for the conditions. Of course all buckled up and the car in tip top condition. Yet there was a horrible car wreck for them.

The car in front had no break lights. He ran into the car in front of him and my wife ran into him. Our car is totaled. The car in the front is damaged but basically drivable. We know something wrong was going on as the car with no break lights sped away after the accident.

Now you would say that that is horrible. But we do not. The accident was horrible. But no one seems to be seriously injured. And that is amazing. Of course we went to the doctor soon after and all seems to be moderately OK. But in such matters the whiplash conditions normally show up 10 to 16 hours later.

The man in the front car pulled over fast. And ran back and grabbed up my son and put him in his car safely. The rain was horrendous. He did all the calling for tow and attention. Now we could be in anger and we could be devastated. But we are not. We are thankful for the lack of serious injury.

My son says prayers every time he rides and pulls out of the driveway. My wife insists. And he seems to like it. I do not think of such things, although I pray many many times a day.

What a wonderful thing that no one was seriously injured. And what a wonderful thing that the man was so kind and caring.

We ask God why he lets horrible things happen. And then we are overcome by the kindness others show during such times. Blessings from strangers. Why oh why lord does thee forsake us, lest it be that we are given the opportunity to stand up and show the love. Perhaps in this case the stranger was as blessed by helping as my son was by being cared for.

Thank You Baby

Goodness

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Just A Little Hope

There is this space of love for each other that shows through in times of evil. A place where our light shines the brightest. And that bright light leads us to higher heights. My wife and I have already planned the dinner feast for the helpful man. So shall it be. What a celebration it will be.

The property damage will be a financial issue. That seems correct. A new car will be in order. Heck she needed a new car anyway. The tow truck driver was really cool. They call him Bravo and he did a tour in Afghanistan. Our thanks that he is home safe. A good man who brought my child and wife home safely along with the car. Thanks to Bravo. He once again answered the call of duty.

My wife works in retail and today is black Friday so as she says “My team needs me” and we are super blessed that we have two cars and she can take mine tomorrow. Life tosses curve balls. But it also knocks balls out of the park.

It also got me to wondering what a single mom with two little children would do in such a mess. And assume not a working extended family relationship and a hard core estranged ex-husband. No church type community to reach out to. And credit cards maxed out to the limit. So not even someone to take her and the kids to the doctor.

So then you say just how blessed we are. And for our faith we have Jesus. We believe the Holy Trinity watches over us and so no hope is lost. And it means a total home day for my son and I on Friday. And wow he will get extra electronic screen time so he does not exert his muscles too much.

Now I worry about my wife getting muscle tension if she is on her feet all day. But she is literally 2 minutes from a doctor on the military base where she works. I am not a “texting” fan but we have that to check up every couple of hours and so not to worry in either direction.

Look At The Little Ones

Not always our call to make.
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Let The Little Ones Lead in Love

My Wife Nodded

We have the best set up. And we give thanks for it.

One of the hardest things is that I am a “car slob”. I will have to get out there and clean my car up real nice to her specifications.

And then you have that rain that contributed to the accident. Boy oh boy do we need the rain. We have more water stored up for gardening than we can use and our reservoirs will be filled up. What a blessing that is.

Due to the trauma 3 family group hugs were called for just to reassure and give thanks. And because of the waiting room time waiting for mom, my son and I watched most of the movie “Grease” together and he had so many questions and I did some dance moves with Travolta that he laughed too hard at. Do not worry I picked up ice cream last night. And we have dark chocolate that helps with the healing, through happy. We will have to watch some stupid kid movie today. But that means I get to catch up on my reading while pretending to watch. (Sorry but today it will be the United States Constitution and so boring to most ;-)

This also calls for long hot baths. OK I will do mine as a pulsating shower to relieve some stress in muscles caused by the stress of worrying. OK again as I replaced my broken water heater with the strongest there is and we can both bath up at the same time, because we have two shower/bathtubs. Well there is another thing to be giving thanks for.

Now how will we deal with the rain today as the boy should not be running around in it? In it like we do out here in the desert? Life is tough I will have to invent a new game with stretching easy style. And I will need that heating pad to warm him up right away. And I will have to dry off our clothes in our elite dryer. Do I have things to give thanks for?

Well let us wrap this thing up with some thought. How does a bad thing turn into a good thing? I don’t know but I know it often does. All my stuff turns into a benefit. I would rather not have all my “stuff”. But there you are, my stuff creates a safety net for mad and bad turns. It is a crazy world out there.

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Mary and blessing to you. I think our two accidents may have brought another issue to light that will be far harder to work through. It could get a little crazy around here. Love shall deal with it all.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Patty you are always a great inspiration. We now take off on a journey that the accident has called attention to. I like to make things all about me. This time it is all about her.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Well Ms. Dora things have turned sideways. I have full access to experts and we are working on a plan. I convinced her not to drive and her work friends are helping. There are indications after accident the day after we may have some more substantial issues.

      Perhaps God is waking me up to an early onset. Wow if we can work together we might bite this thing early.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bronwen I give thanks for you long friendship. My bride went off the road again. On our Friday. On Monday she near killed us in the car. As I let her drive to see the situation. Not well at all. She did not rent a car yesterday or today. This really stinks.

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      Mary Norton 

      6 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      I admire the way you and your family handled the situation. All that happens to us are indeed blessings when we have the appreciation for it which you always do with persons, places and events in your life. Thank you for showing us this attitude.

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      6 months ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Thank God for your family's survival and the kind people who helped. Now I pray for full recoveries for all in Jesus's name. What a joyful outcome for love to abound.

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      Dora Weithers 

      6 months ago from The Caribbean

      What a blessing that everyone is alive and conscious and giving thanks. I pray that the aches and pains will resolve speedily. With the attitude that "All my stuff turns into a benefit," the benefits do show themselves eventually. Love and Blessings to you and your wonderful family.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Denise it has not gone so well. My son is on his 3rd day of rest with issues. It is hard for us not to play tough. But we are adjusting. Headache, backache and neckache. We do not suffer here.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      6 months ago from Victoria, Australia

      What a topsy-turvy day you had, but what a blessing that you know the Lord and that He was with you through that trauma. Blessings to you and your family.

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      Denise McGill 

      6 months ago from Fresno CA

      It is a crazy world out there. I'm so sorry to hear about your dilemma but so grateful that none of you were hurt. I'm with you in that it will turn out for good in some way. God Bless you richly.

      Denise

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      Luis G Asuncion 

      6 months ago from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines

      Great to know that Eric.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lori I wish I could report a good day but we are kicking back for Gabe to get well and it is ugly, The boy is farting up a storm. I had to kick him out. HIHIHIHI

      I reckon life stinks some times.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Sean the whiplash injuries are flaring up. So more time hugging and more time with ice cream and just hanging out. We want to play soccer and vollyball.But a hold on that.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Kari I was just reading some of that constitution to my son and he looked like I was crazy. Old English is kind of funny. But a good massage is making him feel better. Pain of a child is the toughest pain a dad can face.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      We thank you Luis as our aperture of life is alive.

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      Lori Colbo 

      6 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      All day Thursday and Friday the doxology kept running through my mind. Although this praise should be for all times, it is especially meaningful at times like these.

      Praise God from whom all blessings flow

      Praise Him all creatures here below

      Up above ye heavenly host

      Praise Father Son and Holy Ghost. Amen

      Rejoicing with you Eric.

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      6 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      My dear brother, Eric, Jodah wrote at a comment on my last article, that I am the most positive person he knows! I am honored, of course, but I pass it to you! You, my dear brother, are the most positive person I know! I am happy you are all well!

      Prayers for you all and much love!

      Sean

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      Kari Poulsen 

      6 months ago from Ohio

      It is a blessing to meet caring people. As you said, the light shines brightest in the dark. Maybe God used this accident precisely for you all to meet this caring man. Enjoy that Constitution!

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      Luis G Asuncion 

      6 months ago from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines

      I like mashed potatoes too. Thanks for sharing.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Devika. A world away and you give kind thoughts.

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      Devika Primić 

      6 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      You shared your story with a positive insight and glad all okay. Happy Thanksgiving!

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Luis, my Gabe and I are going to do a Thanksgiving feast today with all the traditional. I think we might like the mashed potatoes most. Or maybe cranberries.

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      Luis G Asuncion 

      6 months ago from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines

      Thank God that you are all safe. Happy Thanksgiving Day.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Brenda I thank you much.

      My wife and I sat on the couch last night and argued about things for some time. We did not leave. And by the end we were talking about plans and complimenting each other. Trauma may make us better people.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John our neighbors are our friends. We were presented with food and flowers yesterday when they saw the car. My 92 year old neihbor told me when I walked her back home that I did like her husband would do over 70 years ago. Like mom taught over fifty years ago. It don't get no better.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Manatita, Gabe has some issues as predicted.

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      BRENDA ARLEDGE 

      6 months ago from Washington Court House

      It is such a blessing that no one was seriously injured. I believe the man was probably sent by God to help protect your son.

      It is so gracious of you to be planning a celebration.

      I find it fantastically enlightening that you look for the good in all things. So many only see the bad.

      I do hope though that the driver who sped up is caught.

      Thanks for sharing your story.

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      John Hansen 

      6 months ago from Queensland Australia

      What a blessing that no serious injuries. Car accidents are always traumatic and the aftershock as you mentioned. It is good that you can focus on the blessings and the positives at this time Eric. I have had the inconvenience of two vehicles breaking down within a week of one another (one beyond repair) but we were blessed that another friend found us a replacement vehicle that we could just scrape up enough money to afford. It is part of life.

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      manatita44 

      6 months ago from london

      Well you turned the potentially hazardous into a wonderful story. Yes, kind and bad people every where. Those who run and those who help. Hope you are all fine. Much Love.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Flourish the boy is laying down with pain to neck a shoulders. I know what to do but not what to do. Clearly warn and cold compresses but nothing for my heartbreak. So is life.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      6 months ago from USA

      I’m glad no one was seriously hurt and impressed that you found goodness in the situation. Hope your Thanksgiving was a happy one.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda I thank you, she is a hard woman. And seemed fine this morning. I let her take my car to work. I had a tire replaced lately, another story, So we know they are good. But she drove off the road by freaking out. All good here. But she will need time. I should have driven her.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Elijah so true. We move on when we are here. That is our way.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Pamela may son woke up sore this morning. He will be fine with alternating hot and cold packs on his neck and just a bit of Ibuprofen. He is watching a Zombie type show and he gets to sit in my big chair. Life is good in our home. Some hand holding prayer. Right on!

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill I messed up and let her drive to work today. I thought she was fine. I reckon we need to pay attention to mental issues as much as physical. My bad.

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      Linda Lum 

      6 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, even in tragedy you find the good, the things to be thankful for. I am glad that ultimately all is well with you and your family. Thank you for sharing with us.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      6 months ago from Washington DC

      And "the answers..." There are no things bad nor good, they are what the are," Eric. That is how it is when one doesn't eat from "the knowledge of good and evil" but recognize everything is destined to happen, we must accept it because it is unless we choose to reject or be attached to it. Life is as it is!!! my Brother Eric.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      6 months ago from Sunny Florida

      Eric, I am so sorry to hear your wife and son were in an auto accident but so glad there were no serious injuries. Of course, they may have sore muscles today. One of my good friends totaled her car about a week and a half ago and I think accidents do take a toll of the whole family.

      Being grateful and knowing there are no big injuries is a good thing. I am glad that even though you were worried you could revert back to your strong beliefs knowing God is in charge. Be well, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      As soon as you said everyone is safe I relaxed. Cars are just things...all is well if your family is well. Blessings to all of you.

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