Thursday, June 5, 2008

It's Okay He's Not Dead...

Dema has been begging to ride his bike all day and I had things I needed to do and couldn't be with him and the rule is he can't ride on his bike without one of us. So, when Rob got home this evening, the first thing Dema wanted to do was ride bikes. Rob rides his bike behind Dema to keep an eye on things and they only ride around the park and down one of the alleys. Those damn alleys.

I am inside with the windows open with Josie finally napping and Parker drawing. I hear Rob call "Linda" and I can't figure out what window he is at so Parker offers to go outside and see what is up. Parker comes back in, runs upstairs and says in an excited, but trying to calm me down tone:

"I found out what Rob wanted. You are not going to believe this...Dema was hit by a car, but it's okay, he's not dead." Stunned silence on my part, then "Watch the baby!" as I run past him down the stairs and out the door.

I run down the alley behind our house and see Rob and Dema both riding their bikes toward me. Then Dema stops and won't come to me (I don't have any shoes on and I'm walking on little rocks). He is worried I'm upset with him. Rob tells me Dema was going down the alley a little farther away (he loves it because it has a hill and he stays on the sidewalk until there is no sidewalk) and Rob was telling him to stop, but Dema had picked up enough speed he couldn't stop in time and he hits a car coming slowly (thank God!) around the corner. The guy in the car hear Rob yelling and had apparently stopped by the time Dema actually hit him. Rob says Dema flew off the bike and hit the guy's windshield.

I finally get Dema to come to me and get off his bike so I can hug him and tell him I love him. I ask him if he is okay and he said "I was going FAST!" I asked if it scared him to hit the car and he said "It hurt my stomach a little bit."

Rob is outside riding with Dema now and I can't stop shaking.

14 comments:

Cravin' Veggies said...

Oh. My. God. I am shaking with you!

Katherine said...

Oh God. I'm so sorry. I know he's fine and all, but that is too scary. Here I was feeling bad for myself having to watch my daughter scrape her knee this evening. I don't know if you drink or not but tonight would be a good night for a glass of wine.

Stef said...

I am so, so, so glad that he is okay, this just gave me a tremendous pit in my stomach, I love that little guy! Parker is just so funny, and Dema, how scary. Yes, wine tonight is a great. So glad he is okay.

Billy said...

Hi there,

I'm back in Seattle, a married man, and online again.

Long time, no talk. How have you been?

Cynthia said...

Linda----we saw it happen from our window. It scared us to death too---although we could tell Dema was fine....I hate that corner too. Thank God the car was going slowly---they don't always. I'm going to have a long talk with the boys about it.....

Leeanthro said...

I bet it scared the driver half to death as well. Glad everyone is okay.

Paul Kaiser said...

Holy Macaroni!
"It's okay, he's not dead!" and your imagination goes wild of course.
I'm glad he's okay, and perhaps that will temper his quest for speed a bit, or at least give him an incentive to learn better braking!

4 is crazy said...

*hugs* - i am so glad that he is okay

Shawna said...

I'm glad all are OK. I understand the shaking!. The twins are going through some separation issues and have developed a habit of chasing after me when I leave the house. I am terrified I am going to hit one of them while backing my car. The other day I even locked the house door behind me (yes, other adults were in the house) and one of them unlocked the door and ran to the passenger side of van as I was backing out of the garage. I only caught site of him when he got close to the side window as I am halfway out of the garage. My heart was in my throat! Luckily, he had not chosen to cross the drive and approach my side of the van. I would not have seen him out the back window I think. But I do always back up very slowly. Kids all think they are so invulnerable.
--Shawna

Shawna said...

I'm glad all are OK. I understand the shaking!. The twins are going through some separation issues and have developed a habit of chasing after me when I leave the house. I am terrified I am going to hit one of them while backing my car. The other day I even locked the house door behind me (yes, other adults were in the house) and one of them unlocked the door and ran to the passenger side of van as I was backing out of the garage. I only caught site of him when he got close to the side window as I am halfway out of the garage. My heart was in my throat! Luckily, he had not chosen to cross the drive and approach my side of the van. I would not have seen him out the back window I think. But I do always back up very slowly. Kids all think they are so invulnerable.
--Shawna

mel said...

It always seems that the firstborn is cautious and the secondborn is forever tilting at windmills!

Jackie said...

You were probably more shaken than Dema was as kids bounce back so easily. Glad to hear there were no broken bones.

VeganLinda said...

Thanks everyone! He was fine and yes I was much more shaken than he was. Check out the next post for how things got worse. :-(

Veg-a-Nut said...

Frightening! I am so glad that all is well.