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Wednesday, December 10, 2014



had just picked up our college liaison and was a few blocks from picking up our other team member for our Wednesday TEENERGY session in West Seattle, when I had the scare of my 2014 life.   

It was pouring down rain.  Traffic was average.  Casual conversation on various topics was taking place.  

All of a sudden I spotted a short slender stack of pink racing into traffic out of the corner of my eye.  My first reaction was to quickly swerve into the left lane to avoid colliding with the flash of pink that just jutted out from behind a large white truck. 

The pink mass was a little girl who obviously did not understand the concept and logic of safety or crosswalks.  If she did, she would have never chanced crossing the street the way like that.  

I mean who just hides behind a truck and runs into the middle of the street with the intention of making it to the other side alive?!  Apparently, this little girl had this exact plan in mind when she ran into the street all willy nilly without looking from left to right and left again to be sure no cars were coming.   

After swerving into the left lane to avoid clipping the pink jacketed girl, I pulled over.  I jumped out of the car and started running after her.  She couldn't have been more than seven or eight.  I just had to make sure she was okay and that she never did something like that again.  

I yelled, "Hey!"  She stopped running and sheepishly walked back towards me.  She had tears in her eyes and so did I.  My heart was pounding out of my chest.  All I could think was this little girl almost lost her limbs and/or life.  Before I could even get a word out, she said:

Next time I will use the crosswalk!
I asked her if she was okay and told her how badly she scared me.  We were both pretty shook up about the near brush with death.  

I wanted to ask her where her parents were and what made her think that kind of behavior was okay.  I didn't.  I wanted to hug her if only to confirm that she was indeed alive and not an apparition.  But I didn't.  

I just crouched down, looked her in her eyes and told her to never, ever, ever run into the middle of the street like that again.  She shook her head and told me again how next time, she would use the crosswalk.  

If any circumstances would have been different, I mean anything...this little girl would have been a goner.  

I was all jacked up after that.  It took me a minute to gather myself.  It was not my ninja sharp reflexes alone.  Angels were watching over her.  

I hope she goes on to do something amazing.  Honestly, I would be satisfied if her only contribution to this planet was to lead by example and remember to use the crosswalk.  



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