911 knows my name, folks. seriously, i feel like the crazy lady who calls all the time. i really don’t call a lot, but i feel like it, b/c i hope to never have to call!
alas, i called twice this week. yep. twice.
the first was brought on by a case of (we’ll give her the benefit of the doubt and say…) christmastime
road-rage er stress.
i was traveling with all three littles in the van. we went through the starbucks’ drive thru for a few kids’ hot chocolates and a coffee. as i was trekking across a huge parking lot (of a large/long plaza), i had to stop at several stop signs along the way to get to the fabric store. it just so happened that as i was crossing one of the multiple entrances (see visual aide), a lady whipped in from the main road (i can’t blame her, b/c traffic is craaazy), but she never slowed down! when i saw her speeding toward me (as i was already in her way by then), i nearly stopped, thinking she was going to keep going. then, she started yelling about a stop sign. i made a face like, “what???” b/c i was obviously waaay past that point. i kind of laughed and kept going. well, the dear woman (sarcasm) followed me for nearly FIVE whole minutes! seriously. i thought i was imagining it, so i tested her by driving THROUGH parking spaces, and guess what…she tagged right along! straight-faced, no expression. this woman was off her rocker! you’d think for being in such a hurry, the last thing she’d want to do is follow a random stranger around a parking lot, but she did.
this is the plaza…imagine us weaving through spaces. crazy.
me, with three babies in the van, panicked of course, and thought we’d end up in the headlines as victims of holiday road-rage, so i dialed up my buddies at 911. i waved the phone at her in the rear view and while i was giving the operator my location and her description…she all of a sudden hooked a left and sped back towards starbucks! maybe a caffeine fix was the sanity-saver she needed. it was so bizarre. people, please don’t ever do that to someone. it’s creepy.
so that was the reason for the first call.
the second occurred tonight. for someone who’s been “done shopping” for over a week, i feel like i haven’t had a day/night without a trip to a store. tonight’s run was interrupted by a horrific event. as i was traveling down a main road in our town, i noticed a black object moving in the road in the opposing lane. i thought it was a bag blowing around at first, and then, a navy blue pick-up truck smacked right into what i immediately realized was a dog! it was horrible. i now know that dogs can scream. i thought for sure it must be dead. i swerved around, flashed my lights, honked my horn at the coming drivers. no one stopped – not even the man that hit him. i turned around and pulled into the closest lot. the dog came right over to me, clearly with broken hind legs. he knelt down beside my door, and i did the only thing i ever think to do…called 911. as we sat and waited for whoever would arrive, i called my hubby and talked to the dog through my opened window. he just sat there with me. i had to keep my voice calm and steady, b/c the few times that my voice perked up, calling him a ‘good boy,’ he tried to jump up into my window. it was like he wanted to come sit on a lap. when the police officers arrived, the dog shimmied under my car, afraid. they were finally able to (gently) pull him out, and they took him away. i was shocked when i got home and pulled up facebook to see this picture shared on my sister-in-law’s page.
i said to my husband, “oh my gosh! that’s the dog!” here, one of the officers posted his picture, stating that he had taken him to a hospital. that made me feel so relieved. i wasn’t sure of where he’d end up on a sunday night, the week of christmas. i’m so glad our city policemen were kind enough to seek help for him, and i hope he lives and finds a home.
so, there you have it…road rage and a hit-and-run all in one week. i pray that’s the end to the sad and crazy. i guess the upside is that my experiences are proof that 911 operators and officers really do care and come through for us when you find yourself thinking, “i don’t know what to do or who to call!”