Life and Broken Brakes

I almost died today.
I was driving my 

blue beast soccer mom van.

I had just taken Baby to the store.

My brakes cut out, and the van jerked loudly through the intersection – when what it should have been doing was STOPPING.

Looking in my mirrors and then at my son I turned quickly to the right, brake pedal useless.

I prayed.

‘Dear God, if ever I needed you it’s now. Protect my son.’

I wasn’t even breathing as I thought of what to do. 

A church parking lot was to my right so I turned in.

And I turned again and again until the van stopped and the loud noise which came from beneath my vehicle stopped too.

Letting go of the wheel, and my fear I just melted.

I melted into the driver seat. 

I melted into my son which I was now holding tightly, and in turn holding me, whispering how scared I was into his little ear.

I told my baby how thankful I was to hold him, love him, be here.

How such peace-filled hours can turn into terrifying moments, and just as quickly become the stories of gratitude, and thankfulness amaze me…

Blessed.

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10 thoughts on “Life and Broken Brakes

  1. Oh dear God how terrifying. In a panic, I’m not sure I’d know what to do. Remember the emergency break, and neutral. But, in the moment, hard to remember. Good job keeping your cool and finding a way to safely stop. So glad this ended with safety.

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    1. My right hand and arm have lost some strength, and my emergency break wouldn’t go up! I got it about 1 inch off the ground but it did no good. I’m Laughing at it all now but yesterday I was a bit frazzled. It was pretty scary. I was cool until I got home and that after panic desire to nap set in!

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    1. Me too and yes! Yes he did. There were pieces of my brakes all over the road. The van had started making a weird noise last week, so we figured we’d take it this week on payday…but no. It just wanted a vacation I guess. We have one Ford SUV that’s been a gem to own and is a 1999. This Ford van has literally started falling apart since about two months post warranty expiration. And it’s been recalled three times in all. It’s a lemon! *Smh*

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