Last week we were driving very slowly through an intersection after the light turned green when a 19 year old kid in a brand new Mercedes ( which his dad bought for him, of course) went straight through the traffic light and narrowly missed two young girls who had just stepped off the sidewalk on the same green light and nearly died under his wheels. He smashed the front side of my husband’s car and just missed broadsiding the passenger seat in which I was sitting. We were fine. The teenager was fine and the girls were fine. Yet in that moment – all of our lives and those of the people we love and who love us could have changed forever. All because some stupid indulged spoilt kid was not paying attention ( he admitted as much ) probably texting while driving.
I am learning to live in the moment and not worry about silly stuff. I am getting better at it. I am much better than when I was younger. I suppose wisdom does come with age. But incidents like this one reaffirm my commitment NOT to sweat the small stuff and rather to enjoy all the joyful things that are with us every day – great weather, dogwoods in the East coast that fill Connecticut with pink, purples and white in the springtime, good food, affectionate pets, and best of all, loving family. Go and hug yours – after this accident we celebrated our annual Family Week – a perfect antidote to the shakes and aches that followed the shock of this event with lots of hugs and kisses all around. Below is a plant called ‘yesterday, today and tomorrow’ for the different shades of lavender – gorgeous isn’t it? From our Little Farm – how blessed I am.