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On Tuesday, one of my bloggy-friends, Coffee With The Mrs., posted a story - here - about how she didn't have to learn the hard way to be thankful for the little delays in life...because it may very well spare you major bodily injuries, or at the very least some damage to your car. Not more than 24 hours later, I was caught in a similar situation where I found myself stopping to breathe and thanking work, for once, for taking longer than usual.
I was sitting at my desk and the clock hit quitting time...my FAVORITE time of day!! Then I suddenly remembered an email I had to send out...ugh! I hate it when I forget to add things to my to-do list during the day. Well, I could very well leave without sending out the information filled piece of electronic communication...so back down in my chair I sat and began pecking away at my keyboard. As I typed furiously - I get a call from a VIP. Of course, as much as I wanted to, I could just get off the phone. Damn...should have just let it ring! Before I knew it, I was leaving almost an hour late!! I can usually make up a little bit of time by racing through traffic, but an hour?!?!
Finally my car was calling my name...thank GOODNESS!!! I got behind the wheel and started the engine. As I pulled out of the parking lot, I realized that traffic had backed up from the highway to where my exit was - which is only a few feet from the parking lot of my building. Boooo...I hate traffic!! A nice soul let me into his lane (thank you, sir, license plate 5TH20W). It took me a while until I was able to merge onto the highway. Once I did, though, things moved much faster than expected.
I was zooming down the road until I got close to the exit for my casa. It was then that I turned up the radio to hear a guy talking about an accident that had just taken place. Apparently a truck driver thought he was in the Daytona 500 and got a little carried away with his speed. His truck flipped and the clean-up had closed down 3 of the 4 lanes of traffic. I really couldn't believe that had happened and it made me think back to that last-minute call I got at the office. Had I not taken that call, and let it go to voicemail, I would have zoomed right by my usual exit to the next one over - which is actually closer to my house. Had I done that, I would have been closer to the truck accident that took place only 15 or 20 minutes before I got there.
Someone was definitely looking out for me that afternoon!! What about you?? Have you had any close-calls that have made you think about what could have happened if your schedule was just a little altered??