January 21, 2008
YOUR LIFE DOES FLASH BEFORE YOUR EYES
I had a near death experience the other night . I never gave much credence to the old saw that your life flashes before your eyes, but I'm here to say that it does .
On my way to Walgreens just a few blocks from home I was crossing the street at a green light and was in the center of the crosswalk when all of a sudden a huge SUV came barrelling down on me. Normally I would have been frozen in fear but a rush of adrenalin came over me and I literally jumped out of the path of the car which was so close it brushed my side. Good thing I'm agile.
The driver, a young woman, stopped, rolled down the window and said " sorry. " " Sorry ? Sorry doesn't make it, Sister, " I said. Driving is a serious business not to be taken lightly. I'm someone's wife, mother, sister, friend . Just how sorry would you be if you took someone's life because of your carelessness ? She was shaking and my knees were so weak they could barely carry me. I let her go with that lecture. What else could I do, have her arrested for almost killing me ?
Thank you , Jesus, was the first thought that came to my mind. He was surely looking out for me. My sisters best friend of many years was killed by a young driver while crossing at a green light. " I didn't see her " was all he could say .
This is NOT the first time that I've almost been hit by cars while crossing at a green light. When I worked on Michigan Avenue in Downtown Chicago a Taxi cab screeched to a halt right in front of me, so close he was touching my knees. I was so angry I pounded the hood of his car and gave him a piece of my mind. Much to my chagrin a big audience of onlookers had gathered to witness my drama and clapped and whistled !
What are pedestrians to do ? I always look both ways but even then a car will come speeding out of nowhere and not see you. Especially if its at night and you might be wearing dark colored clothing. OR, and this is my pet peeve, they're on the cell phone .
Do pedestrians need to carry their own personal red light that flashes and says STOP ! while crossing at the light ? Necessity is the mother of invention as the old saying goes. If you see a crazy old lady waving a flashing stop sign crossing the street you'll know it's me.