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!