Friday, August 21, 2009

A parent's worst nightmare

A couple of mornings ago while driving Bill to work, we had to take a detour because of an accident scene. We didn't know what was going on, but with the amount of police on the scene and how much yellow tape there was, we figured it had been pretty serious. I told Bill that when I got home I'd read the paper online because I knew some information would be reported there. That's just small town life here.

I got home and was reading about how a high school kid got plowed over while biking across the street on her way to school. This morning while on our drive to drop Bill off, we drove by the accident scene where people have tied ribbons on the light post and arranged flowers on the street corner.

I read the update this morning that she had died last night.

As a mom, I can't even begin to imagine the pain these parents are feeling. In fact, I feel like a part of my brain just doesn't connect when trying to process such a scenario. It's so traumatizing, it's literally unthinkable.

I drive this road and cross this intersection countless times a day, a week, a month, a year and will forever be reminded how our lives can change in a instant. That tragedy can befall at any moment. We live in a very safe town, but not so much for bicyclists. With two boys who will inevitably want to ride their bikes out our small neighborhood (a series of 3-4 cul-du-sacs) and along a very busy road where motorists don't yield to pedestrians and cyclists IN CROSSWALKS, it's something that's very concerning.

We can strap helmets on our kids, pads on their knees and elbows. We can watch them every second of the way, but we can't protect them from everything. This is a parent's worst nightmare.


Joanna said...

It is always sad to hear tragedies like these.

I went to school with a kid in 8th grade that was riding his bike in the ritzy section of town and was hit by a car. He was on his way to meet him mom for lunch. A lady backed out her driveway just as he was crossing and he wasn't wearing a helmet and died instantly.

It was so horrible then and still is now just thinking about it. Life can be over so quickly.

tyfamilyadventures said...

that is horrible...I feel for that mom and cant imagine...About 5 months ago after dropping Tristin at school I saw a bus thats front end was torn off on the interstate by a driver that had fallen asleep and went across median luckily the bus was empty of kids because it had just dropped them off...shutter its scary being a parent