Welcome to Scarlet Thread Sunday, the day I share something I’ve learned in the labyrinth of life.
Here’s something I’ve learned: Even if you’re in your own driveway, you should still check thoroughly before backing up.
You’d think I’d have learned this the first time it happened.
Years ago, there was a medical emergency in my family, and I had to call my mother in the middle of the night to drive over and take care of my kids while I followed an ambulance to the hospital. She parked in the driveway, in a very reasonable place, but I was so, so distraught that night. Focused on the emergency, I pulled out in a hurry, made my usual turn in the curved driveway, and slammed into my mother’s car. *sigh* She was, of course, understanding, and we paid for the damages to her vehicle.
(And, by the way, all ended up okay with the medical thing too.)
Flash forward to a few weeks ago. I awaken early on a Saturday morning, feeling incredibly behind in my to-do list for life since I’d been sick for more than two weeks. I was determined to catch up! After cleaning house, doing laundry, reading emails, and more, I still managed to get behind the wheel of my car by 7:30 a.m. to go grocery shopping. Focused on my shopping list and other errands, I edge the car back, turn the steering wheel to make my usual turn in the curved driveway, and slam into my husband’s truck.
Let me back up and add a little information: I slam my new-as-of-June car into my husband’s new-earlier-this-year truck. Since we only replace our vehicles about every 10 to 12 years, crashing two new vehicles is really something in my household.
Why is he parked here?! What is he thinking?!!!
That’s what first crossed my mind, followed quickly by a few words that equated to ninja-kicking myself for not looking before I backed up. Because while my husband’s truck shouldn’t have been there–and yes, we later discussed how that was a bad place for him to park–the collision was my fault. I didn’t look. I assumed.
And you know what happens when you assume, right?
So what are my real lessons here?
- Pay attention around you, even in your own driveway.
- Momentary lapses in proper focus can result in dire consequences. Keep your eye on the right ball.
- Maintain a good relationship with your spouse, so that when you do ram into his new truck, he doesn’t go bat crazy. Indeed, he’s downright supportive while you try to recover from the conniption fit you had in the driveway.
- Sometimes, it takes more than one big mistake to “learn the hard way.”
That last lesson certainly applies to my goals in A Round of Words in 80 days. I made several mistakes with my young adult novel the first few times through, but I’m loving how it’s coming together this time around. The story I want to tell is finally getting on the page.
Here’s my progress report for last week.
Finish YA contemporary novel, SHARING HUNTER, by completing three chapters each week. I’m going to count this a win. I revisited two chapters and edited for better flow in the plot, then rewrote two more chapters.
Take Short Stories 101 course from Young Adult RWA. As assigned, I came up with a short story premise: “Most teens think their older sibling is possessed. Courtney’s actually is. A 15-year-old girl must exorcise a demon from her older sister.” Then I wrote the 1k-word short story, titled “Exorcising My Sister.” Fun!
10 9 fiction books and 2 1 nonfiction books. This might be where I stagnated just a bit. I’m reading Francine Rivers’ The Voice in the Wind, and it’s been a little hard for me to get into. I hope to finish it this next week.
So what big mistakes have you made, more than once? Have you ever backed into something in your own driveway? Any other stupid car accidents?
And how was your last week?