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SoCS: My Not So Wee Accident

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Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “wee.” Use the word “wee” or find a word that contains it and use it in your post. Have fun!

I wish I could say I had a wee accident, but that would not be true. I wish I had been able to say, “wee!” as I drove my car into the picnic table, but I was more like, OMG or WTF in a sort of out of body experience. People rushed to see if I was okay. I assured them that I was. Embarrassment and disbelief were my worst injuries.

I remembered pulling into the rest area parking lot on my way to the mountains. I’d stopped about two hours earlier for lunch and stretching and only had two more hours to go in the six hour trip. I remebered looking for a shady parking space, picking one out, turing into it and my car ran over the curb into the sturdy metal rest area picnic table.

Now I know there’s a name for what happened: Pedal confusion. It can happen to anyone, but it happens more in old people. I’m sure being tired was a factor. I stepped on the gas instead of the brake. I still find it hard to believe and embarrassing. It also happens more in confinded areas like parking lots. I’ve actually done this twice before over the years though not recently until two weeks ago. Both previous times, I was pulling into a parking space, but didn’t do any damage as I was able to correct my mistake quick enough. And there were no picnic tables. One person I lamented to said she rear ended someone by stepping on the gas by mistake. I’m glad no one was hurt.

People were very helpful. They called the police, EMS, and even a fire truck just to be safe. In spite of my assurances, EMS checked me out and everything was normal by then. There was a police officer who was very helpful. He said he could get a tow truck faster than AAA’s estimate of 45 minutes. The tow truck arrived in about 20 minutes and the police officer took me (in the cramped back of his police car) to the car rental place and made sure I would get a rental before he left. Maybe it was because I was a older ? woman driving alone. Maybe it was my father’s Bible in the car door pocket. Maybe he’s just a good cop and it was a slow day.

So anyways, I managed to have a good swim in the pool the next day and kayaked on the lake with the goal to stop thinking about the accident (after I had read at least three articles about pedal confusion.) I managed to drive the rental car back home without incident. My messed up car is still 4 hours away and needs a LOT of work. My husband says, that’s why we have insurance. He encouraged me to “get back on the horse.”

Eventually, I’ll have to go back and get my car which makes me nervous. I don’t enjoy driving anymore and talk to myself saying: “My foot is on the break. The break is in the middle.” I stay on the brake as much as possible in parking lots. Once in the parking space, I put on the parking brake. When I move my foot to the gas, I go slow and say, “Easy does it.” It makes me nervous just to write about it.

Deep breath. Another deep breath. Maybe some day, I’ll get my confidence back about driving. But I don’t want to drive long distances if I can help it. I’d rather sit here on the couch and watch TV while petting my cat.

I had prayed for safety and mindfulness at the beginning of the trip. Well, at least I was safe, because I was not hurt. Just my pride. Yeah, so I get more humilty. Okay. I am thankful.

To wrap things up, what does make me go “Wee!” in a fun way? Like swinging high in a swing. I’m not so much of a “wee” person. Maybe the ocean on a day when the waves aren’t too rough and they tickle me with foam. I wouldn’t mind swinging on a rope swing over a lake and jumping in, as long as I know the water is deep. Maybe riding a horse would do it. It’s been a while.

What would make you say, Wee?

Oh, swining a grandbaby on a swing. That would do it!

My granddaughter’s not a baby anymore.

Be safe and be mindful.

Update: Trying to wake up this morning, I stumbled upon this Ted Talk which made me realize my practice of mindful driving has become not so kind and a little bit shaming. So I was thankful for the idea of kind attention Shauna Shapiro shares in this video.

For more streams of consciousness, rules, etc. visit Linda Hill at:

https://lindaghill.com/2021/08/06/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-aug-7-2021/

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

23 thoughts on “SoCS: My Not So Wee Accident

  1. I think we all understand, but be easier on yourself. Everything’s still ok. Drive again when you’re almost ready. You’ve got this.

  2. I agree with Under the mask. It will all be okay and I’m glad you know that wee moments are where you find them.

  3. Thank you for sharing!!.. it is unfortunate that you collided with the table but perhaps there were a reason for the experience , a test for your confidence and heart perhaps.. “Every single thing that has ever happened in your life is preparing you for a moment that is yet to come”. (Author Unknown).. 🙂

    Until we meet again..
    May love and laughter light your days,
    and warm your heart and home.
    May good and faithful friends be yours,
    wherever you may roam.
    May peace and plenty bless your world
    with joy that long endures.
    May all life’s passing seasons
    bring the best to you and yours!
    (Irish Saying)

    • Thank you very much, Larry for the comforting poem and perspective. I do believe in the possibility of there being a reason for the accident. Maybe preparation. It definitely added humility. Maybe caution to prevent something else or compassionate confidence. I will do my best to rise to whatever that reason might be and turn it into something good.

  4. It’s good that your vehicle absorbed all of the shock and left you unharmed. Wishing you success in being able to drive again with confidence. I only use the ‘wee’ word when a hostess insists that I take another serving. When it comes to wee!, I’m more of a yay! person 🙂

  5. My guess is that you’re a very conscientious driver, based on how badly you feel after this minor accident (and yes, it was an accident and yes, it was minor). The important thing is that you’re all right, no one else was hurt, and your insurance will cover any of the damage. That’s why you carry insurance, because, as they say, “shit happens.”

    • Thank you very much, John for these good points. I had not thought of this as a minor accident. Maybe that’s because I am very conscientious. “Shit happens,” applies well.

  6. I’m just happy that nobody was injured. A car is a hunk of metal that can be repaired or replaced, but human lives … not so much. Take care, my friend!

  7. Glad you’re ok. I’ve never experienced that. That is scary.

  8. “that’s why we have insurance” – I’m happy to hear that you’re alright. The car can be repaired/replaced. The picnic table will be fine. I understand that it’s scary. I still remember the last thing I hit.

  9. I’m so happy you were not hurt (other than as you said…your pride) and that no one else was hurt either. I know that during the pandemic I did not drive as much and then I had to drive on I-95 down in Miami…yeah…I had to talk to myself as well, JoAnna! Don’t beat yourself up too much. It is an easy mistake especially when you also were probably not driving as much. I remember years ago (when I was YOUNG) I had a stick and the car was on a hill at a gas station…I got out and it started to roll towards a major highway…AND MY SON WAS INSIDE!!! I chased the car…jumped into it and slammed my foot on what I thought was the break…and it went right down to the floor! I couldn’t believe my brakes has failed and we were going to be in a major collision! Then it hit me…I was stepping on the clutch…not the brake!!! AND I WAS YOUNG!! 😉
    I hope other than this blip that you are yours are well and that you are busy creating and loving life ❤

    • I can imagine your heart racing trying to stop your car, and I’m glad you were able to catch it and you and your son were okay. My dad tried to teach me to drive a stick shift, but it never really stuck before he got an automatic. Thank you so much for your caring support. ❤

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