Well folks, I’ve got another not-so-happy column to write this week.

My family and I were recently involved in a major car crash a few days ago and I wanted to share some of my experiences with you, not for sympathy points, but to remind you that things like this can happen to you too (and maybe a few sympathy points too).

I, like many others, fall victim to the “that would never happen to me” mentality. The thing is … it can happen to you. And this week, it happened to me.

I have never been involved in a collision. We were driving northbound through an intersection where we had a green light. The other driver was going westbound and failed to stop at her red light. She ran through at full-speed and never braked.

Luckily for my family, my husband saw her with just enough time to begin breaking and turning the vehicle. She hit the front right side of our car and we both spun. When everything stopped moving, I turned around to check on my daughter. She was a little scared, but okay physically.

A witness ran to our car and took my daughter out of the car as smoke filled the inside from the exploded radiator. My husband and I climbed out and sat on the curb in disbelief.

I won’t go into details of the crash because I don’t really know what happened.  I didn’t  see much, and I don’t wish to relive the situation enough to retell what I did see.

All this to say, wear your seatbelt. I am so thankful that we are seatbelt wearers, otherwise we may not have walked away from this. Make sure your car seats are installed properly, and always buckle up the munchkins.

The most ironic part of the entire situation was right before the crash, I was telling my husband how lucky I felt to spend the rest of my life with my best friend. A moment later, my entire family could have been taken from me.

I couldn’t make this up if I tried.

If I haven’t already said it (I’m pretty sure I have), let your loved ones know how you feel. Hug them. Kiss them. Appreciate them. Humans are not meant to be solitary creatures, which is why we have family units. It’s so easy to take that for granted. Don’t.

Thanks for reading through my second sad and sappy column in a row. I sincerely look forward to giving you a happier column next time.

Until then.


Office Manager, Assignment/Copy Editor, DKN Managing Editor, Reporter, and The Millennial Meltdown Columnist

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