So this morning, like everymorning, I leave to come to school. I walk down to the car and realize I don’t have my keys. My wife the flibbertigibbet she is drove off with my keys before I knew they were missing. I must have left them in her car last night when we went out to dinner.
Knowing she is an intense person, and diligent driver i.e always paying attention to the road, or my driving, I knew she wouldn’t see them in the door pocket. So I got my spare key and proceeded to get in my truck and head to work, first class at 9 a.m it’s 7:00a.m right when I was leaving.
So I’m driving down the driveway and I see some head lights coming my way…then a hand dangling something. I see it’s Mrs.Phlosphr driving towards me dangling my keys out the window. I pull up next to her, jump out of my Avalanche and give her a big kiss. “…Thanks Honey, I was sure you wouldn’t see them untill well past Hartford…I love you…”
She returned the love and we parted and went our separate ways…Little did I know this was going to be a morning never to forget…
About 20 minutes into my drive I decide to call my wife and tell her how much I love her and how much I am happy to be married to her. She was a little depressed the past few days because her firm lost a deal for a large textbook job they were bidding on.
So she answers her cell phone and says, “Hi Baby! whats up…”
We talk for a few seconds and then I hear this terrible noise on the other end of the phone.
SKIIID…BREAKS…SKIDD…TERRIBLE SCREAM, TERRIBLE SCREAM…MY WIFE IS SCREAMING…SKIDD…BREAKS…DEAD PHONE.
Horrified! I immediately call back…nothing. I do this again and again…nothing. I’m on the highway going north. I know what direction my wife was heading and what highway she was on. it was 20 minutes away at best…I pull off in the median …FOR EMERGENCY AND AUTHORIZED VEHICLES ONLY…
This was an emergency, I whip it around and speed off as fast as my avalanche would take me. 105 at most … People honking, Phlosphr weaving in and out of cars…all the time thinking…is she dead? What was that noise…why was she screaming like that…like she was … I don’t even want to write it, it hurts to think about it…
So I keep calling and keep calling and there is no answer. I’m driving up the road I think she is on…halfway to Hartford I encounter traffic. SHIT!!SHIT!!SHIT!! - I pull onto the breakdown lane and start heading up the line of traffic…
…is she…oh god no!.. - I see lights, I see police cars, and a man waving me off…an officer, yelling at me to stop…I pull up on the small hill, my truck is at quite an angle…I throw the emergency break on and dive out of my car…I can see my wifes car next to a mangle of two other cars. smoke and fire engines everywhere. A cop is coming towards me yelling, telling me to get back in my truck, he grabs me. I look directly into his eyes and say…“Let me go!! God Damn it! Thats my wifes car!!!” [pointing to the white jetta]
He walks me over around a fire truck and I see her. Not a scratch on her, she’s in tears with two other people standing next to her.
I run over and grab her we embrace for what seemed like an eternity. I told her what I heard, and she iterated the entire scene as it happened.
Whilst we were on the phone a man three cars in front of her blew his tire, causing his car to heave up and to the side, the car directly behind him slammed into the back of his car. The woman in front of my wife slammed into that guy and my wife stopped a mere 5 feet from the back of the wreckage. 5 feet. 5 feet.
I did not realize at this time I was all teared up.
I’m still shaking…I escorted my wife home after her statement to the police…I am home now waiting for the coffee…I called an emergency TA to take care of my class this morning. My wifes on the phone with her firm…
I do not know what I would have done if she had been hurt, or worse yet…k.
I am having a hard time thinking about the probable consequences had things gone differently. I am very shaken. Love hurts. Love just is.
Opinions on how deep love goes in a relationship, personal accounts of it between spouses and SO’s is of special interest…
My love is unconditional and relentless for my wife. Today made me realize our own mortality. She mentioned wanting children sooner.