Sunday, June 14, 2015

Summer Vacation!

The school year has ended. I had cleaned, polished, stacked and organized till I was blue in the face. I took one more look around at my now very bland kitchen, turned the key in the lock and I went from being a working girl to being a kept woman....LOL  And I love it! 

A whole summer of such possibilities. I already have a list a mile long, but it is open to many deletions and changes. :) I have to keep an open mind about what I "plan" to do. I had so many plans for my first day off (Friday), I was going to get my hair cut, return a shirt to Old Navy, drop off a library book, maybe go grocery shopping but what happened in actuality was: my youngest called and wanted to take a short road trip to Arlee. She had seen a pic of an item at a yard sale and wanted to buy it. I am always up for a road trip with my girls, so off we went. What happened next was unexpected and shows that life can change in an instant for anyone. 

As we approached Arlee, we could see a car accident had happened up ahead. We slowed, surveyed the scene and my daughter (a part-time EMT) and I decided to stop. It turned out we were the second "responder" on the scene. One cop who happened to be driving by was managing traffic along with passersby, so Em went right to the vehicle and found two teen age girls crying and sore and the vehicle was on it's side with the windows broken out. She amazed me with her calm and steady voice and started taking vitals and giving instructions to the girls. Because Arlee is a small town, their ambulance crew is all volunteer, so it was taking time for them to arrive. And Em was the voice of reason and control until they did. What was also incredible, is that folks starting pulling over and assisting. We had a ex-Army medic, a male nurse, a couple of guys who said they were there to lift heavy stuff if needed. People were directing traffic (4 lane highway) and removing debris from the road. My job was to help console the Mom and Grand-mom who showed up and to try and keep them calm.  I know how I would have been reacting had it been my kid. Not good.

http://www.kpax.com/story/29307910/2-crashes-tie-up-traffic-in-arlee  Click above for video, Em is in purple all the way to the left.

In the end, both girls were loaded into ambulances and taken to Missoula. Em and I did make it to the yard sale and she scored a vintage oil lamp. Later, my daughter called and said, that thru some deducting (when I am trying to calm folks, I babble like a idiot) the friend of the Mom I was taking to, found my daughter on Facebook (thru the yard sale!) and emailed her with the info that both girls are doing just fine and they thanked the both of us for stopping and helping.  That was nice. My daughter was worried about one of the girls. :) So there you have it, what could have been an ordinary day of errand running and such, turned into a day of being good Samaritans and doing what the good Lord would want us all to do. Heck, I can get my hair cut any day. :) Always, Kit


oldgreymareprimitives said...

perfect story to begin my day <3

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What a story! I'm glad both girls were ok! You and Em were on the road at the right time to be a huge help.

Have a great week and happy summer vacation ~ FlowerLady

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Oh wow! That is incredible. I do believe that we are meant to be in certain places at just the right time. So good of you both to help and nice to know that the mom made sure she found a way to let you know how grateful she was. Have a fantastic summer! Tammy

Susan said...

Oh my goodness, Kit. It's true. We never know when something like that accident is going to BAM! ----change our day. How wonderful your daughter was able to help. Looks like the vehicle sustained some heavy damage. Glad she got the lamp! Susan

Blondie's Journal said...

You and your daughter are angels, Kit, and you got the ball rolling with the other good Samaritans. I'm so happy the little girls are okay. What a day!! Hope your vacation gets a little calmer! :)

Jane x

Diane said...

It's such a heart melter when you see that child turn into a responsible, take-charge person. Glad all is reasonably well. Diane

Pom Pom said...

Wow, Kit! You've raised such good kids!
It is a freeing feeling, having the summer before you! Enjoy!

Liz D said...

QWhat a terrible accident! And so lucky that you and your daughter were there and able to help. I hope the rest of your vacation is less eventful, and that you have a fun and relaxing summr.