I was going to write a post about boats or bikes or farmers markets, but then Anna called.
Only ... when she was almost to Brevard, a sheriff rear-ended her little red car. (Sigh.) "At least he has good insurance," I thought. "I wonder if he gave himself a ticket," I mused.
When I last spoke with her on Tuesday, she was in good spirits, in her friend's mom's car, on the way to get a pedicure. I ceased worrying.
But her cell phone was flaking out on her. She could call, but we couldn't hear each other. So I heard nothing all week, but hoped the car was getting fixed, the wedding was happening, and she was getting at least a few hours of sleep at night, in all the bridal fun-and-frenzy that happens.
I didn't know exactly where she was, when she was leaving to drive back to Toccoa. But the girl can make it to China and back, right? How hard can it be to get a fender-bender repaired and drive back to college?
She could have died a fiery death.
As I said, she was in tears, exhausted beyond belief, incoherent, totally done-in.
And this is how hard it is to have a grown daughter (well, she is 22!) who is too far away to help, whose whole life feels like it's falling apart, whose phone and car are both broken, who decides to drive off with a leaky gas tank. I really lit into her on the phone for leaving town WITHOUT GETTING HER CAR REPAIRED. Except it wasn't really her fault.
Thankfully, we have friends there, and after a couple of phone calls, I had a man on his way to help her. She'll have to stay there with them, tow her car again, wait to get it repaired (this time, successfully), finally do some laundry (has she washed anything since China?), and sleep -- sleep at last. I wonder when the last time was that she had three good nights of sleep in a row?
Mr. Rogers (of the Neighborhood, remember?) told us all that when things are bad, look around for the helpers. What he really meant was that in all troubles there are people who are selfish and unhelpful, but there are also people who are giving and helpful, who are kind. Anna needed helpers, bless her precious heart. I'm so thankful for friends who are helpers. I knew I could call them, and instead of excuses or avoidance, they would say, "What can we do?" We should all be that kind of friend when someone calls in need.
I'll keep you posted about Anna. Hopefully she's learned a lesson or twelve this week.