Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.
My daughter has been struggling financially. On Wednesday my daughter decided to go to the food bank for the first time. I was going with her to help her through the process. We were on our way and it was raining. A truck in front of us stopped suddenly. The car my daughter was driving hydroplaned into the back of a pickup truck. Everyone was ok including the truck driver. His truck had only a very small spot on the bumper but my daughter’s car is totaled. This will put her into a further financial bind.
I called my SIL when I got home from the accident. She told me my niece had also been in an accident. My niece had pulled onto the lot of a filing station to check on her infant grandson in his car seat when a man ran his car into her car on the driver’s side. The rain caused that accident too. They are ok but the door is tore up. Her car is out of service until the door is replaced.
Later, I got a call from my sister. She was on the way to take her daughter to a doctor appointment when a car in front of her stopped very suddenly, for no apparent reason, and my sister hydroplaned into the back of it. They are ok too. Her car has a broken brake line. No brakes.
So, now everybody is without transportation. In a few seconds a life change can happen. I’m used to being without a car but they are not. It reminds me how much people depend on autos for daily living. Some feel totally crippled without a car to go places. Work, shopping, doctor visits, school, and lots of other things all require a car unless someone is like me. I do just fine without a car. Going places takes much more time but I do get there when I need to.
I feel the after affects of being in an accident. Although I’m not really hurt my muscles ache from tensing up as I saw it about to happen. I have a bruise on my neck from where the seat belt pulled tight. We all are happy with small blessings. Things could have been worse.