Friday, June 25, 2010

The Longest Night

I just had to share with you something that happened to our family very early this morning and could easily have ended in tragedy.
My eldest son and 5 members of a local band are heading to Melbourne for the weekend to support an American band playing there.
This is very exciting for the boys and my son was asked to join them to be their photographer and to document the event.
Around 1.30 a.m this morning I received a text from James (I was at work) to say they were all on their way home to get some sleep before their mid morning trip to the airport. He said he would let himself into the house and see me in the morning when I got home from work.
Ten minutes later I received the phone call all parents dread and hope never to receive. The boys were driving along in their van when a drunk driver ran a red light and cleaned them up. He hit them with such force that the impact rolled the van. James was sitting in the back and this is the part that took most of the force.
The police were on the scene immediately and were able to stop the other driver from taking off. The next phone call I had with James was with him in the ambulance on his way to the hospital. He's had lots of tests and Xrays and seems to be okay. Except for feeling sore all over and a massive headache. The rest of the boys have a few scrapes here and there, some bruises to show off and (luckily - really) some seatbelt welts.
They are all so lucky to be alive and lucky not to have any serious injuries.
Remarkably they were talking today of finding wallets, phones and hats half way down the street and in the middle of the intersection.
I am so thankful my son and the rest of the boys are okay. I am so thankful they weren't doing anything stupid and they all had their seatbelts on. It could have been so much worse.


Just one day earlier we spent the day at Cedar Creek falls and had a wonderful day.
We were happy and couldn't imagine anything bad happening to any of us.
You have to make the most of every second of every day.
You never know what is around the corner.
Always tell your kids how much you love them! I know I told mine hundreds of times this morning!!!

40 comments:

Selina said...

Oh Teresa, how absolutely gut wrenching for you. I am so glad to hear everything turned out alright. Hugging my daughter extra hard tonight :)

Lynda said...

What a horrible experience for all of you - that phone call is the most dreaded event.

Suzi-q said...

Bit teary eyed here, so glad they are all OK

retdairyqueen said...

Thank goodness they are ok
I had that phone call too My then 18 year old ran into another car Just a lapse of concentration on her part Young and inexperienced
Her younger sister < Both my girls > was in the car too
The 18 year old lost her eye as a result of that accident
So I know how you felt when that call came
Hugs

Cubby House Crafts said...

So pleased your son is ok!! What a stressful, worrying time for you though...but it does make you realize how precious they are!

Lisa

Vicki said...

Thank heavens the boys are all okay, Teresa. I worry whenever my kids are travelling and am always relieved to receive their text message on arrival.

Deb said...

Teresa, what an amazing outcome for such a scary event. Thank goodness for miracles and the boys being sensible.
hugs Deb

helbel19 said...

Boy oh boy.... its the worst feeling but glad everyone is okay.

Helen

Jan said...

What a scary experience for you all. So glad they are okay; they were so lucky. Hugs to you, Teresa (yes, you need one too!)

Noela said...

Glad everyone is okay. I bet your heart almost stopped when you got that call. Our kids are such an important part of our lives and we hate to have anything happen to them. All the best Noela.

Roseanne said...

I am so glad that all the boy are ok. I now the filling your heart sinks when you get the new that your son has been in a accident.

Sarah Lou said...

OH my word! that is utterly terrifying!!!! Im so glad they are ok, my heart is beating fast just reading this, your must still be doing backflips!!!!

Tamara said...

so glad they are ok!

rozhearts said...

Glad to see all is okay. As Mums we are always mindful of our children no matter what their age. I just can't imagine getting a phone call like that. Guess you will be glad to see them arrive home.
EXTRA (((HUGS))) Roslyn

Vicki said...

That is very scary and thank goodness they are ok and not hurt seriously. hugs Vicki

karyn johnson said...

Thank goodness that they are safe someone was watching over then.

Tereasa said...

They say things happen in 3's. Corinne now James...I'm worried Matthew's car will be ready next week. So happy to hear James is fine.

Asiyah said...

That is so frightening. I'm glad they are okay.

Annette said...

Such a frightening thing to happen. I'm relieved it had a happy ending and that the boys are safe. I'm going to hug my own kids extra tight today.

SheilaC said...

This is every mother's worst fear, I am SO happy that it turned out okay for your son and all his friends...

Hugs to you all!

SheilaC

Chookyblue...... said...

go on give him another hug and tell him you love him again........

Rebecka said...

Teresa,
So glad to hear everyone is ok. I'm so glad to hear your son wasn't hurt to badly. They were so lucky, and seatbelts do save lives.
Have a great day!

Cardygirl said...

Glad he is safe!

jeanette h said...

glad to hear all are safe

Dawn said...

oh Teresa, my stomach is in my throat now... so glad they were sensible to wear a seat belt..I bet you are relieved too. The welt will remind them of their lucky escape, even though will be a bit sore....take care
Hugs Dawn x x

Kylie said...

You poor thing how very frightening. Glad to hear that your boy and the others are ok. xxx

Christine said...

So glad to hear that they are all ok, we got one of those calls a few years back and yes our son only had minor injuries too.

Stay safe and take care
Christine

Anita said...

Hi Teresa, You are right, that is every parents nightmare....and it makes you cross when someone is driving drunk, causes an accident and then has the cheeck to try and take off! So glad the boys are OK, and for sure each day we have is so special. Kind regards, Anita.

marilynd said...

Could feel (and imagine) your anxiety as I read this. So pleased the outcome was good, and James and his friends are ok.
That is a beautiful photo at the end of your post.

Robyn said...

Teresa,
You're such a wonderful Mum!
I'm so happy that your young man and the other young men are all ok... what a huge blessing!
Wow, what a night.

hugs to you and your young men xx
Robyn xx

mandapanda said...

Oh Teresa! You must have been so scared! I'm so glad James and the other boys are alright, it really is the scariest thing to be in an accident. Hopefully Jack will pay attention to what happened and be a very careul driver because of it. BIG HUGS to you and your boys! Hug them close, and keep telling them you love them. Just goes to show you never know what might happen or when.

Julia said...

So glad to hear they are all ok, What a terrible scare it must have been for you Teresa..that is every parents nightmare....
Yes, a life can change in an eye blink..
Julia ♥

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Spine chilling to think that those could really have been last photos..without being over melodramatic!!..you are incredibly fortunate teresa! I have your cards as of yesterday...will get onto you, Tracey

Jantine said...

I have tears in my eyes reading this. God saved your son to be with you for I hope lots of time! Enjoy them!

*karendianne. said...

Oh Teresa bless your heart. I want to cry for you and all the emotion you have dealt with in the past few hours. Angels were watching over these young angels, and you as well. I cannot even bear to think about what pain this might have brought down upon you and I wont because now is about being thankful and ever-grateful. All my love to you Teresa. All my warmth, kindness and best wishes! *karendianne. -

Wendy B said...

oh Teresa, thank God they're all ok....my son's about to board a plane to fly home for the hol's.....I'm so gonna give him the biggest hug when he gets here!
It's most important to tell all your family and friends how special they are and how much you love them......constantly!!!
sweet hugs XXX Wendy :O)

Sarah said...

Oh dear! I am SO glad they are all ok Teresa! No matter how careful you are, you just dont know what lies ahead! I bet you cant wait to hug him!
x Sarah

Joy said...

Oh Theresa that's awful - that's the phone call we all dread!!! I'm SO glad James is ok though, I think Angels must have been looking after the boys :o). It's so true isn't it ... you never know what each new day will bring, it's so important to let loved ones know how much you care :o).
Big hugs to you!!!
Joy :o)

Bec said...

Oh Teresa, you had me in tears..... you poor thing what an awful time to go through. I am so glad that your son is ok. Extra hugs certainly don't go astray! Bec xxx
PS word verification is 'worisent'....

DAWNIE said...

I am so far behind in blogging and have just read this now. It brought goosebumps immediately. I am just so glad that he is OK - I cant imagine how you must have felt at the time.