Tuesday, October 7, 2014
A sweet new ride
It came at a cost though. A cost that I wouldn't personally want to pay, but we didn't have any choice in the matter. We really haven't seen the price tag yet, because Alice may be hiding her true feelings, but if it was me, the price would have to be "fear". Even if Alice presumably paid the biggest price, Yvon and I are still left with the fear. Fear of our girls getting seriously hurt. Fear of losing one of them. It was scary.
One day last month Alice was riding her bike home from school and was hit by a car.
My first thought when I saw this bike on the lawn was anger. Why would someone purposely bash up a bike while locked up at the school? Senseless vandalism.
It was quickly corrected by my older daughters, saying that Alice and Yvon had gone to the Emergency because Alice had been hit by a car. She seemed okay, walked part of the way home, but she was just getting checked out to make sure.
I'm glad that my naive mind doesn't jump to the nasty by default, but fear didn't really strike until my neighbour came across to ask for a status on Alice's health. I knew less than he did because he had been there when Yvon rushed home and he had seen Alice before they left. I didn't have the benefit of sight at all. Yet he is the one who thought of the internal bleeding issues that can come later, the shock and adrenaline that allows people to walk normally on broken bones....all followed quickly with "Not that that is what happened to Alice!" as he must have seen the fear creep into my face.
I was originally just thinking what a waste of time this all was. That we needed to be at piano lessons by 7:00, that I had choir to attend and a friend to pick up first. That now Alice didn't have a ride-able bike. That we would have to get it fixed, and fast or she may develop a fear of riding over the long winter thinking about her accident.
They were away for hours at Emerg and by the time we drove to see what was going on, the nurse told me they had left, although they hadn't been released. Why would they leave without being released? That part turned out to be untrue. Alice had been Xrayed and allowed to leave with just scrapes and bruises to contend with.
We then went to the Police where Yvon was transcribing Alice's official police report. It was a relief to see her, to hear her talking calmly about what happened and answer the policewoman's questions. It was not a happy site to see her tears as the police made her feel partially responsible for the accident. There were things she could have done perhaps, but ultimately the driver of the car was behind her, should have seen her and been able to stop in time.
However, all seems to be well.
The picture above doesn't really show all the damage. The entire frame was bent beyond repair and we'll be giving it to the Bicycle Commuter's Group for parts once we take the kickstand off.
Courtesy of the drivers' insurance company, we picked up a new bike and helmet. While the rest of us live with free hand-me-down bikes, Alice has a sweet new bike that should last for years because she is now into a full size frame and tire. Some of us are more than a little jealous but we'll get over it.
She has stated that she doesn't want to ride alone right now, but she also says she is not scared of her shiny new bike. Snow is predicted in the near future, but on the weekend it was warm and we went for ride. She seemed fine, even excited, to be riding her new bike.
As we say in church, God is good, all the time. All the time, God is good. Things could have gone very differently and we're very grateful.