Okay, so it wasn't a real dragonfly, but that is what I nicknamed my car when I bought it and the license plate even reads: DRGNFLI .
Yesterday afternoon I was driving home after picking up Joshua from therapy, stopped at a stop sign, looked into my rear view mirror and saw a green minivan coming fast. She turned her wheel to avoid me, but slid sideways on the ice, slamming the side of her van into the back of my car. She hit with so much force, it pushed us almost to the other side of the crossroad. Thank goodness their wasn't any traffic coming or we would have been hit again.
The driver of the other car got out quickly and came to my window to check to see if we were okay, then proceeded to tell me she was uninsured. Another hit. After calling 911 and my husband, I got out to survey the damage. The entire side of her van was smashed in and the windows were busted out, so I expected similar damage to the back of my car, but when I rounded the rear of my vehicle I had to look twice to find a tiny streak of green paint on my bumper and a small indentation about five inches around where the door handle of the van hit. There wasn't any other damage, except a few small pin point nicks in the paint from all the glass, which by the way was all over the top of my car and the hood.
It took 40 minutes for the Sheriff to show up, but only 15 to process the "scene". In a nut shell, we are fine. My shoulder is sore from where the seat belt was and I had a head ache today, but other than that, I feel fine. Joshua had no injuries or complaints, except for being bored while waiting for the Sheriff. My wonderful husband was there almost immediately, directing traffic and taking care of us. He waited on me hand and foot all day and treated me like a queen. Guess it scared him as much as it scared me. Sometimes it takes a close call to make you realize how lucky you are. I am in deed lucky. I have been blessed beyond what I deserve and have my Father in Heaven to thank for keeping us safe and providing us with a vehicle that is strong enough to endure such a collision. I know He wrapped us up in an invisible barrier for those few seconds and even though I jest about the dragonfly saving us, I know who's hand was holding mine when we were in danger.
Here is a snow covered dragonfly, for those of you who don't know what one looks like. It is actually a Pontiac Torrent and has been a great little vehicle. Kudos to D-fly for being so tuff.