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Annie's Online Journal...2
July 19,2002

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow."
~ Melody Beattie ~


This morning  at 6am, I  awoke at the lakehouse...got up, dressed in my walking attire and quietly slipped out of the house for my morning walk.  When I was almost done my walk, my husband pulled up in his car, rolled the window down and said Kara (our daughter)has been in a car accident ...She is ok ...the police are at the scene now...get in lets go...
Trembling I got into the car..and went for the hour drive back to our home. I guess what happened was she was coming out of the driveway and had been hit by another car.  I talked with her on her cell phone, then the police talked with me telling me they thought the car was totalled but that our daughter was fine, had been wearing her seatbelt...... God all I wanted to do was hug her....It is hard listening over a phone to your daughter crying and trembling.......
The whole drive all I could think of was her alone, crying...I so needed to hug her and feel her in my embrace, and so thankful that I would be able to tell her that I loved her and that things would be ok and would be getting better...
  Nothing has felt as wonderful as when I took her in my arms and let her cry as I just kept telling her that I loved her, that she was fine...and if the car couldn't be fixed we would just get a new one for her...
 We finally got her calmed down and relaxed  enough  to go to work.  She wouldn't drive, so I drove her in our explorer, as my husband followed us...handed her the keys and told her she  should drive home at the end of work... I then went and told her boss (without Kara knowing)that if Kara seemed unable to do that, to call and I would come and  get her...Her boss said that she would handle it and if Kara couldn't drive she would bring the car home, and not to worry.
 I drove back home with my hubby and  realized  how blessed we were.  I am so  full of gratitude, that my little one is fine..

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