Sunday, February 27, 2011

Oh Dear, Deer.

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So, that whole thing yesterday about going to Richmond to drive around and look at neighborhoods? Yeah, that was a good IDEA. There's that saying about how if you want to give God a good laugh, make plans... not sure that God got a laugh out of this, but if anything, He definitely protected us. We went to church in the morning and then came home before heading back out to Richmond.

About 30 miles into the drive on I-64, I was driving in the left lane passing a man on the right who was towing a small trailer. Right after we passed him, he started repeatedly honking. In a flash, I wondered what I'd done to anger him and then BAM!

A deer hit our car on the front passenger side and metal and glass went flying everywhere. Bob and I started screaming, as did Cole, and the deer went flying through the air like a ragdoll into a ditch on the side of the road. Freaking CRAZY. Smoke started pouring out of the car and I pulled over to get off the road. More smoke came out and there was a horrible smell. I was afraid something was going to explode in the car because I didn't know what had been hit. We scrambled to get the kids out of the car and waited on the side of the road for the police to come (someone else called). Thankfully, VERY thankfully, no one was hurt. Yes, hitting the deer was bad, but I really feel like we were protected from something way worse.

Our little drive was definitely over. Time to go home. But with three kids? It's one thing to have one vehicle that fits everybody, and another thing to find another vehicle in a pinch that fits everybody. We thought about having my brother come out with someone else and take us home in two cars, but that was nuts. Once the tow truck showed up, the state troopers had another idea: someone ride in the minivan ON the tow truck with the kids in their seats, and then someone else ride in the tow truck with the driver to give directions. Bob stayed with the kids (Cole was freaked and Bob is his comfort parent :)) and I went up front. The troopers gave Cole and Dean stuffed animals from their patrol car to snuggle and comfort them. So sweet. We got towed home and now we have to get a rental, get the minivan fixed (hopefully!), etc.

So, rather than our plan for the day, that's what happened. We came home and just decompressed. Cole has been telling stories about deer hitting cars and such to process it. Dean has been randomly crying more than usual. I think we're all a little freaked. Emmett slept through the whole accident and the tow home. :)

Tomorrow is Bob's first day at his new job, which means - exactly - that he'll be driving right back to Richmond. Hopefully NOT hitting a deer this time, or any time. Please pray for his safety and for this transition.

And we breathe...

10 comments:

horace said...

Wow. I know that it always something, but sometimes does it seems like you have more somethings? Well, it seems that way to me, but it makes your blog pretty interesting...

Ali Foley Shenk said...

Carolyn, you phrased that quite nicely. :) Yes, it does seem like we do have more somethings sometimes. Makes me ask lots of bigger questions, but with no good answers. :/

Nico S. said...

Since everyone was okay, in the future that will become a pretty amazing story! I too have been hit by a deer(the week i got my license!) and it is terrifying!

I cannot believe that they let you sit in the car ON the tow truck, that alone is hysterical! I don't think that would ever fly in NY. I can just imagine the faces of passing cars seeing a little family on the tow truck getting a ride!

Ashley & Timothy said...

Such a scary story... but glad to know everyone was alright! I can't imagine.

Kevin said...

Didn't your dad just hit a deer a short time ago? I had one hit by a truck into me in 2004.

Ali Foley Shenk said...

Uncle K, yup! A deer hit my dad's car just a month or two ago? Maybe it was two. Welcome to Virginia! I don't know how he survived in his Civic, since the deer hit our giant minivan (that sounds like an oxymoron :)) and still did a lot of damage. I liked Cole's comment about it: "Mommy, the deer made a very bad decision." LOL!

L. Peters said...

Oh my, how frightening. I am so glad to hear you are all OK.
On a lighter noter, best wishes to your husband on his new job.

Matt said...

ohmygosh! i'm sure posting the story on the blog barely does justice to how freaky and scary this was. :( but glad you're all okay.
lots of love,
M&D

Candice said...

Wow, craziness. Glad you're all safe. What a major blessing!! You have to post some pics of the car.

Ali Foley Shenk said...

I know! I forgot to take pictures of the car. It *was* slightly humorous in that there was matted deer fur all over the front and a big tuft stuck in the grill. lol