Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Time I Feared For Gerard’s Safety (Writer’s Workshop)

It was a cold, snowy day. Gerard had his Camaro which was no good in the snow. He gets home from work before I do, but somehow I got home before him, maybe I had the day off. That I don’t remember. I do remember how anxious I was to see him pull into the driveway. I don’t even remember what month it was. All I remember is how I kept praying that God would keep him safe and help him get home soon while pacing back and forth.

Bad thoughts kept going through my head like I prayed for his safety at work and he broke his ankle anyway. What if he’s in an accident? What would I do without him now? I hated these thoughts so replaced them with songs of praise to God instead.

I opened the front blinds so I could see farther down the street and stood by the window watching for him. Winter storms can be extremely nerve wrecking. Every time I saw headlights coming down the street my heart would jump in my chest hoping it was him. Then the car kept on going by and I’d pray some more. Finally, a car came and turned into our driveway. I was ecstatic and so relieved to see my husband that I thanked God for getting him home safely and met him at the front door, welcoming him home.  

One of the best things I look forward to when we retire is not having to go anywhere in bad weather.

This is in response to Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop prompt: A time you feared for the safety of a loved one.

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FranticMommy said...

Funny. Iused to drive a Camaro as well. A white one. Absolutley a HORRIFIC car to have in Minnesota winters! Plus it was white. I kept getting pulled out in front of because everyone thought I was a big snowbank.

Dominique @Dominique's Desk said...

It is really scary driving in bad weather. Great that your husband managed to get back safely. You must have been really relieved to see him.

Shell said...

I hate that anxiety of waiting for a loved one to get home.

Back before we were married, my now-husband was late picking me up for a date. I was irritated and was about to go without it- was actually out the door, headed to my truck when my roommate called out to me that he was on the phone. Went back inside to listen to him tell me that he had been in a car accident.

Now, anytime anyone is late, I worry instead of getting irritated.

JustMom420zaks said...

Oooh, I've always thought about how white and beautiful snow is... I never thought of how dangerous it could be!
If you want to retire to someplace with nice weather, try Palm Springs! I've only seen snow on postcards!

Sandee said...

I've done this very thing. I think most of us have and it's not fun one bit. I'm glad things worked out fine. Yes being retired gives you some choices with the bad weather.

Have a terrific day. :)

Miss Angie said...

Glad he made it safely! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Jerralea said...

I'm always afraid for the safety for my daughters when they don't come home on time, so I totally understand your feelings.

Angie, Catladyland/Katt Food said...

I love winter, but hate driving in bad weather... I feel you in this post.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad that he made it home safely! The snow is often lovely when one is inside with all the loved ones, warm and secure. But it is also so scary, every minute seems to drag out when one is separated from the loved ones. Being together is one of the most valuable things. It is terrifying when things are so unknown, and I think you captured that well.

Once I remember coming home and my loved ones were out - I'd forgotten they had an appointment - and I honestly thought that they had been kidnapped - or worse. I called everywhere, every number, and no info or response. When they walked in a few hours later, I never felt such relief at being together.

Mountain Woman said...

Yes, it's terrible waiting for a loved one. I lost my husband in a bad snow storm. I love my winter weather but it's only because I can stay home on the farm. If I had to get out and travel in it, I wouldn't like it.

Lovely writing Karen.

Tanya said...

I know exactly how you felt Karen. We are originally from New Jersey and have definitely been through our share of bad snow storms. The worst things run through your head at times like that. You did a lovely job of retelling it. Thanks so much for stopping by, have a great day!

jackie said...

Ugh, I hate the snow especially driving in it. My husband has to drive around all the time so I know how you felt. Glad your husband made it home safe!

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a great week!

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