When the phone rings after midnight or before the sun rises, you always expect that it is some kind of an emergency. It has happened to me, not frequently, but enough times that my hair had tons more gray, the next day. When my son was in college, some idiots beat him to a pulp and his father called to tell me that he was alive, but not in such great shape.
It has happened with my daughter a few times, but the most memorable were the 3am call that she and her friends had been rear ended by two drunks while they were on their way home from a diner. The police said That there are more likely to be drunks and bad people out at that hour, (the same thing I did, but probably a little calmer). She and four friends were in college and home for vacation, so they were going to “make the most” of the time they had at home.
At 12:30am, on the 20th of October, (which would have been my mom’s 92nd birthday), the cells and hard line phones started to ring –almost all at the same time. This was not a good sign. Jordan had taken my car to a yearly Halloween party reunion about an hour out of the city, but intended to come back into town because the final Gefilte Fish Chronicles run through began at 9am on the 21st.
David answered the phone but the hysteria on the other end was audible. He kept saying, “calm down honey”, and she simply couldn’t. Because of overnight construction, her car was stopped – with other cars, also stopped, ahead of her, about a mile from the TPZ bridge. The person who hit the rear of her car, was clearly not paying attention, maybe even texting, because he did not slow down before he slammed into them so forcefully, that the airbags inflated and our car was shot into the car ahead of them. When the airbags opened there was so much dust and smoke that my daughter and her friend could not even see one another.
Eventually they managed to get out of the car. Someone must have called the police because by the time our phone rang, they were on the scene.
By the time David arrived at the accident site, a wonderful police woman had taken the girls to a nearby MacDonald’s, and they were calmer but shaken and in shock. Anyway, I didn’t hear back from them for about an hour – during which time, I was having a nervous breakdown. I wanted to go with him but the car that was totaled was our big car, so we couldn’t all fit in the Mini Cooper.
They called when they reached the city to assure me they were alright and to say they would be at rehearsal that day. Talk about troopers, and the show must go on… I had to be in Ct. for a speech on the 21st so I actually didn’t see either of the girls, until late on the 21st. And as a parent, you never believe everything is OK until you see for yourself.
Today is October 24. The show did go on –actually two shows, on the 22. Both girls bruised, battered, and still a little shaken, performed beautifully. It took me three days to recover from the show and the accident. So I apologize for being out of touch, I simply haven’t been able to deal with what might have happened . They were so lucky, (and I know that Nana and her siblings were watching over their little treasure), but no matter how old your children get, a call in the middle of the night, doesn’t ever get any easier. We’re just sayin’….Iris