skid marks on the sidewalk

We made it home, the kids and I. Whew! What a wild ride that was. It was snowing heavily and lightening. It was an intense electrical storm during a snow storm. I had never witnessed anything like it before. We saw a transformer hit by lightening. There were sparks and flames and a horrible electrical hissing sound. The roads became treacherous so quickly. We all prayed to get home safely. It was too dangerous to pull over and just as dangerous to continue driving. But we made it! I pulled into my usual parking space across the street from our house and we all just paused in silence for a moment and caught our breath. I gave a prayer of thanks for our safe arrival and we began to disembark from the vehicle. I warned everyone to wait and we would hold hands when we cross the street. Then we saw them. The skid marks through the snow on the street, over the curb, over the side walk and through the neighbor’s yard. The skid marks that indicated that a car had lost control and driven from the road to where my car would have normally been parked and left deep ruts in the neighbor’s lawn. The snow was falling hard but the ruts were not white yet. It had just happened. If we had pulled into that spot a few minutes sooner, that car would have plowed through us. My 11 year old spoke up first. “That would have hit our car.” The 6 year old was next, “What if we had been in the car?” We grabbed hold of each other’s hands and made it across the street and in to the house. I was shivering noticeably; but not because of the cold. Everybody had hugs and hot cocoa and the soon the kids were fast asleep. I said more prayers that night and realized how I could have lost my kids in the blink of an eye. No sleep for me that night.

skid marks on the sidewalk


Pittsburgh, United States

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