Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Weekly Homework Assignment

It's time once again for Mama Kat's Weekly Homework Assignment! This week, I chose the following post: "3.) A difficult conversation." Oh man, I have so many of them - I'll keep it clean (boo-hiss!).

As a sophomore in college, I was dating a girl who lived near Lancaster. I was able to convince my parents to allow me to drive out there to see her over the holidays. Everything was going great - I was about 10 minutes from her house, blaring the Rolling Stones on my car stereo ... life was good.

Then, it happened. I noticed two police cars parked on the side of the road. They had their lights flashing ... but something was odd about them ... wait, they didn't have anybody pulled over, yet their lights were flashing. Unfortunately, I took a little too much notice to them, and not enough notice on the road ahead of me.

When I refocused on the road, I was approaching an intersection, the light was red, and a big Ford Bronco was stopped in front of me. I had no time to break, and smashed into the back of said Bronco. The Bronco's bumper was a little bent. My Hyundai Excel looked like an accordion ... with an anti-freeze leak.

The car was totaled ... and, I had to call my parents. Gulp! My girlfriend's parents picked me up, and got the car towed to a shop (for the insurance company to investigate). I dialed the number, and nervously began talking to my mom. "Mom, first I want to tell you I'm OK." That's probably not how my mom wanted the conversation to go.

"I got in a car accident, and totaled the Hyundai." I was expecting screams and shrieks, but my mom was actually pretty cool about it. She said something along the lines of "Well, we can always replace the car, it's you we can't replace." That really put my mind at ease, and I appreciated the compassion.

Of course, after taking the train to the station back in Philly, my mom informed me that there was no longer a plan of getting me a car after college graduation ... sigh!


Heff said...

First of all, "Ford Bronco" ?

Was it WHITE ??

Did your rear-end O.J. Simpson ? Aw, Hail !!!

And Secondly, a crushed Hyundai Excel ISN'T actually a LOSS, now, is it ?! I understand that MAY have been your only means of transportation back in the day, but, DAMN ! RENT A CAR !

I'm not feeling too much historical pain for you here, lol !


With extreme love,


Farmers Wife said...

I had a bad car accident when I was younger and I was dreading calling my dad, but he was so calm and came to get me right away. Parents can be understanding when we need them the most..

El Pad said...

when i called my mom and told her i was in jail she was cool about it

moms are great

Life with Kaishon said...

I am so glad you were ok. I must be super emotional today because this made me cry a little. I don't think I want Kaishon to EVER drive.

Hope you are having a nice day in the city! I am SO glad that the weather is getting nicer. I can see some green peeking out from under the snow on the front lawn! YAY!

noexcuses said...

Hi! I came over from Mama Kat's. That's a great story. I am a parent of four drivers and this is something that is always on my mind. Yes, you are a million times more important than any car. I'm glad you were not injured. Thanks for sharing!

tara said...

as a mom, i think that was a GREAT opening line. for reals.

Four Dinners said...

Difficult converation?

"Hello. Are you Kathy's dad?"


"I'm Four Dinners" (which I obviously wasn't back at the age of 17)


"I'm the dad"

He then punched my lights out.

Kathy was 15.

I've never met my daughter.

Life's a bitch and then you die eh?

...and before anyone asks...

my daughter was born with a heart defect. She died at 18 months.

I was never allowed to see her.

Now that is a difficult conversation.

Sorry Los.

Too much voddy and a nerve got hit.

Nite mate.

sirgeb said...

I thought you were distracted by the Bronco's Plate which read: