The Dead End Road
Call the insurance adjuster we have another casualty. The police officer was the first to arrive on the scene. A quick glance at the skid marks on the road indicated that the car had apparently skidded out of control before veering off into the ditch. His first thought was how lucky the driver was that it didn’t collide head on with the massive tree that was smack dab in the middle of the dead end road. The grill appeared to be intact but the driver’s door had obviously been side swiped. The door was caved in & it appeared the occupant was pinned in.
As the officer reached the driver’s door of the vehicle he was relieved to see the woman inside was moving. She had this glazed look over her eyes & he hoped the ambulance & the paramedics would arrive on the scene quickly as he suspected that she was in the state of shock.
“Ma’ am are you all right?”
She just kept looking ahead as if she was staring at something in disbelief.
“I can’t get this door open but help is on the way. Can you tell me if you hurt any where?”
Still no answer. The officer could see no overt bleeding & while she did seem somewhat despondent her breathing was heavy so he knew she was alive & probably would survive.
He rushed back to his cruiser & snatched his two-way radio from its harness & called the base. “What’s the status on that ambulance? We have a lady trapped in car on regional road 138. I’m still waiting for the fire truck to arrive. I’ll need them to apply the Jaws of Life to free her. You can cancel my backup though. It’s the only vehicle in sight so there isn’t anyone else around to question. At this stage I don’t know if she hit an icy spot on the road & lost it or if it was a hit & run. I’ll write up a report once I get the opportunity to talk to the driver. Right now I just want to make sure she hasn’t sustained any life threatening injuries, so I’d appreciate if you do a follow-up on that ambulance. I seen a lot of these types of accidents & I want to get this cleared up as soon as possible. Is that a copy?”
“Roger & out. “
And with that the sirens were racing down the road towards the crash. The firefighters made post haste freeing her from the wreck & the “Paradoc” had gone thru the motions of checking all her vital signs. She seemed fine only a few minor bumps & bruises.
“I’m not fine,” she cried. “I hurt. I hurt real badly.”
Where is the pain coming from the paramedic asked?
“It’s my heart,” she said. I think it’s broken.
Trying not to smile the paramedic calmly informed her that her heart sounded just fine. If in fact it were broken she wouldn’t be standing here & now.
“Well maybe my heart isn’t bleeding but it is crying for sure. It’s broken I tell you.”
The officer had been standing in the background jotting down notes in his black book. He approached the paramedic & asked if it would be okay to ask her some questions. The paramedic saw no problem with that as far as he was concerned she was stable. He just wasn’t sure how stable of mind she was. “She keeps babbling about a broken heart.”
Well let me talk to her & let’s see if we can’t wrap this up & all go home.
“Is this your vehicle ma’am? I’ll need to see your license & registration.”
“It’s a 2002 Fantasy SE. I bought it as a demonstrator model with very low mileage. It’s considered a luxury car & my hope is that it holds its value well. Look at it now it’s broken just like my heart.”
“Okay ma’am the Doc here says your heart is going to be fine can we forget about that for a minute & perhaps you can tell me how this accident happened.”
“Well I love this car & every once in awhile I like to take it out on a straight flat road & give it a little gas.”
“Are you admitting to speeding ma’am?”
“No officer I didn’t give it all it’s got I just thought I’d blow out the carbon.
I would never ever drive at a speed that would be considered reckless abandonment.
There were no other vehicles around, when all of a sudden out of blue I see this steamroller coming right at me trying to run me over. I thought it was going to hit me head-on. As I swerved to the right to miss it I saw out of the corner of my eye this gentleman with a pompous grin on his face. Thank God I swerved in time & he caught the side of my car caving in my door. He was on a mission. I could tell at that moment that he wanted to break my heart & destroy my Fantasy.”
“I see ma’am. I want you to just rest here for a bit.”
The officer searched the vehicle for any controlled substances & found none.
Her story makes no sense. I see no signs of any steamroller passing through. “Doc can you write the poor woman a prescription? I think she needs some control. I don’t know perhaps she was driving carelessly taking risks but I’m not going to charge her today. I’m going to give her a break. I’ll write up the report saying it was due to black ice, accident result of treacherous road conditions. She looks so sad & she has already lost so much. She had to give up her fantasy today. “
I’ve seen enough of these accidents that I already know what the insurance adjuster will say. She is probably hoping to save it with a new door & a front-end alignment. But it’s not going to happen. It’s a write-off if I ever saw one.
Let’s wrap this up, call it a day & all go home.
I have a party to attend this evening.
Morale of the story:
Sometimes our happiness is all wrapped up in a fantasy. We become so overwhelmed & consumed we don’t bother to make it happen. When you become addicted to your fantasy you lose the opportunity to find reality. If you can claim the reality of your fantasy it is more likely that it can come true. We trick ourselves & fear letting go of the fantasy of “someday”
So caught up in “someday” we miss so much. We forget to have fun today.
Go out there & have some fun.