Minus twenty-two degrees
too cold for buses to the market
road ungraded, packed snow, sheet ice
drive we will.
First traffic lights out
we pause, checking dangers
all is clear, we accelerate.
A sudden noise
metal upon metal
an astonished look
as we fly within our seat belts
whilst being shunted down the road.
Adrenalin kicks in
we exit the car feeling instantly cold
assess our damage, not good
young man in black BMW
starts speaking at me in Russian.
we call the police
they don't want to come
I beg, we can't afford problems
police reluctantly come.
Cold feet, cold fingers
filling out forms
drive to the market.
minus thirty night
drive to insurance office.
Old car, family life blood
needs new door
and new bumper
valued more than the car
car is written off.
Astonished, shocked and shaken
Saturday buying veggies for church lunch
Monday morn impossibly car-less
with now no means of replacing.
Update. I am presently waiting for the broken parts of my car to arrive. It should go into the shop next week. Please pray that they do not write it off, pray that it is repaired, doesn't cost me anything and that it will be ready before we leave for furlough.
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