My Christmas Present to You
Trip Start Aug 19, 2007
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Bonnie (my good friend, originally from Barrie, ON), Sarah (a lovely young girl visiting from the UK), and I had just finished a fun filled day of shopping in Coxen Hole. I've told you before that shopping on Roatan can be an adventure unlike any shopping excursion in North America. Our day was a success for me - I found fresh strawberries, and bedding plants (like I use to buy in Canada). Bonnie was happy with the planter and laundry basket that she bought. I don't think Sarah got anything, but she was having fun watching us navigate our way through town. We only have one main road on the Island, it winds along, up the hills and down to the ocean, the longest stretch without a curve or bend is probably no more then 500 feet. As the Island develops the road is becoming busier. Construction vehicles via for space with large SUV's, pick-up trucks, cars, taxis (lots of taxis), scooters, bikes, people walking (there are no sidewalks or shoulders), stray dogs, chickens, iguanas and land crabs. Yup...it's something to see.
We came around a bend, heading up hill (only a few minutes from my home) when Bonnie said "oh shit", she was the driver and saw it first. Sarah was beside her and I was in the back seat. I looked up to see a very large white crew-cab truck coming right at us. I had enough time (1/4 second) to duck before we were hit. I have never felt anything like that impact...I was bashed into the back of the front seat, bounced back into the back of my seat and then thrown side ways when the vehicle that hit us was still out of control and hit us again. Within two seconds it was over, I was not knocked out but definitely hurt and in shock, Bonnie was unconscious and I feared dead. Sarah hit her head on the windshield and looked the worst initially with blood pouring down her face, begging Bonnie to wake up (who was laying in her lap), but proved to be the least injured. Bonnie by far took the brunt of the crash with a concussion, broken rib and cheekbone, torn ligaments in her leg and lots of bruises. My share was a big bump on my forehead that when the swelling went down turned into two very black eyes, my legs are black and blue from my knees to my toes and a couple of big gouges on my one leg I fear will leave large scars. Within minutes of the crash, workers (heading home piled in the back of pick-up trucks), tourists and people we know passing by stopped and helped. Dave and Ron (Bonnie's husband) rushed to our sides. Poor guys - seeing us so badly hurt was as traumatic for them as it was for us.
So now we are recovering. Sarah left for Guatemala. Bonnie found enough strength to make a lemon-meringue pie, when we went to visit her a couple of days ago. And I hope to get back to writing in a few days. So what is my Christmas present to You???
1)Never take your life, Your family or Your Friends for granted. I know that...but it took this accident to remind me. Be thankful and tend carefully to every blessing You have in front of You right here - right now.
2)Remember what really matters in life - what is really, truly important - It's nothing You can buy.
Sincere Happy and Healthy Holiday Greetings to You and Yours,
Genny, aka Crash Test Mommy #2 (Bonnie is #1)