Friday, 6 November 2015

Sometimes you just know .

Know that you were at exactly the right time at exactly the right place. As I believe God intended. Every moment of every day. He intended me to bump into the tuck shop owner and say a very quick "hallo, how are you?" - it must have slowed me down for just about half a minute.

Because if I was just 30 seconds earlier I would have been in a huge accident. In stead I saw the car rolling after the taxi hit it - failing to stop at a stop sign in a quiet street. Rolling towards me as I made a quick turn onto the grass sidewalk. I stopped, in shock, and helped calm down the hysterical driver of the car. Helped find her shoe in the car and her handbag in the boot while a very kind man started directing traffic away from the accident. A student ran out of a house and phoned the ambulance and another mom from the school came running with a bottle of Coke. In the taxi one of the women very clearly hit her head and while her friend held her and I talked to her (asking day of the week etc) she started vomiting. Shock, or a head injury, who knows? Within seconds a quiet suburban street was filled with smoke, glass, steel and heaps of concerned citizens of all colours, ages and races. What struck me was that very few just stared and stood around looking for sensation. A bundle formed with eye witnesses - one phoned the police and started making a list. Three men directed traffic and a bundle stood an angry guard around the taxi driver. Within what must have been 5 minutes we had a first response vehicle with a paramedic and minutes later 3 ambulances and the usual tow trucks.

As I did not see the actual impact moment and there were plenty of witnesses I left the scene when the medical help arrived. A bit frayed and a bit shocked. But in general very very thankful. Thankful that my kids did not see this. Thankful that there were no children in any of the two involved vehicles. Thankful that so many of our people still care about others and law and order. It was quite clear that the taxi driver will not be left alone for a moment to run away without speaking to the police.Witnesses of all races and colours promised the lady that they saw what happened and will make a statement. An accident today showed me the good in all our people - and it made me thankful that in the turmoil of this country we are all mostly people that are basically good people.....  But most of all thankful for those 30 seconds of grace....

On a footnote - I have a great idea of what to do with the kids this weekend! At Hamleys Greenstone - knowing Play -Doh I am sure it is going to be a lovely event.

17 comments:

  1. So glad you were not involved! Thanks for the "good news" story! Yes, 99% of us still care about each other! (I believe it with my whole heart!)

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  2. So glad I visited you today. I'm glad you are OK. It is the very same way, my brother in Law Chris (early 30's) has landed in a wheelchair :(

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  3. o my goodness!! i'm really glad you are okay! :)

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  4. I am so glad you stopped to speak to that person! How great that everyone rallied around and got everything sorted - we South Africans are very resourceful when we have to be!

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  5. So glad that you are alright. Yesterday at our friends funeral it was mentioned that we would not have been there to say goodbye if there were a difference of 30 seconds either way. Chilling

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    1. Exactly - the pin point of time that makes all the difference

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  6. So glad you're ok. And that people rallied together to help.

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  7. Yoh! So glad it didn't turn out so much worse than it did, and that you're okay!

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  8. I often wonder, when I make decisions or do thing that "delay" me what I was being diverted from.

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    1. I remember a post about that Laura

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  9. Gosh, so lucky. It's good to see some folk still care about others.

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  10. So glad you took a moment to chat! Also I am happy to see that people help. I few months ago a guy on a scooter swerved around my car and went flying into the road, and I almost drove over the poor man. I stopped and helped him out the road,and no one else helped him. I waited with him for 45 minutes while his people came to get him, and in all that time no one stopped to help. EH had a broken arm, torn leg something, and was in severe shock. When you have kids you carry sweeties and blankets so I was able to help him a little.

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    1. I think what was important is that it is a quieter street - no one felt that they would be in danger if they stopped. Also the street was halfway blocked,

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  11. By the Grace of God. I so agree with you that the normal people in South Africa are some of the amazing around.

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  12. So glad the Lord kept you safe my dear friend x

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