six years ago I was hit by a car.


That was a weird experience. As the years go by my fear from that experience lessens. I have almost kind of forgotten about it. The memory of it feels like a fuzzy dream.

I wrote a blog post about the experience later on that day.  I wasn’t injured at all. I was very very lucky, considering I bounced off of the hood of the car.

I often think of the idea of “story  construction” because of this experience.

After I was taken to the hospital I needed a ride home from the hospital. I can’t remember how it came about that my mom picked me up and why I couldn’t call her myself to ask her. But the next day I was checking my phone messages and she’d left me a message on my phone after she found out that I was hit and in the hospital to tell me she was on her way. She left a message that was not completely hysterical and then something odd happened. She didn’t hang up. She didn’t realize this though. So the rest of her drive to the hospital was her conversation with my step-dad as they drove to the hospital. It was fascinating to listen to. She re-created the whole story in her mind. Reconstructed it into something else. As she imagined what happened her voice became more worried and hysterical.

I think about this a lot when I think about the stories we create everyday about everything.  Usually the story we create has nothing to do with reality.

8 thoughts on “six years ago I was hit by a car.

  1. Wow Monica, I never knew..
    I have been hit by a car, but no hospital for me.
    It more pissed me off, and I put a large dent into her hood, and gave her door a good solid kick…
    I had the right of way, and this little lady in her dark blue 95 Ford Taurus decided to go through the crosswalk against her light and hit me.

    I look back at it now and feel bad for what I did, but I lost my cool considering I was just hit by a car.

    Glad you’re okay, though!


    1. Oh I think the person probably deserved it! You shouldn’t feel bad at all. Cars are way bigger than humans and if a person is going to drive one they should be able to avoid hitting people…


      1. Indeed. I just feel bad because the woman was probably in her 80s. At the same time, as you said, perhaps she needs to have her driving re-evaluated. That said, however, this was more than 12 years ago.


    1. right? I can’t believe it happened either. I am so grateful that nothing serious happened. I’m a little twitchy about crossing streets but that’s about it.


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