Thursday, 10 May 2012

The runaway trolley

Image from here
I got the fright of my life today.

I parked the twins in a supermarket trolley outside the Geege's shop to pick up our bag of library books. I turned my back for all of one minute, heard a squeal from the Minx, turned and started running.

I got back to the door of the shop to find the trolley approximately five metres in front of me; out of control. Racing down the hill in the direction of a busy street.

I shrieked and watched, while I ran as fast as I could to catch the runaway trolley, as it hurdled the gutter and rolled onto the road.

Into a stream of traffic. My heart sunk. My mouth went dry.

I reached the trolley as it was across the first lane of traffic. I whispered 'thank you' to the poor driver who, had fortunately braked his car before he hit the trolley. He looked shocked. He looked overwhelmed.

I pulled the trolley back up the gutter onto the sidewalk, in a state of shock, as I watched the busy road return to action.

The twins were in tears. I was in tears. All I could think was how lucky we were to have survived this ordeal.

I totally dodged a bullet today.

I know you are not reading this, but thank you, thank you, thank you, Mr Driver. Your attentive driving saved my children's lives today. I cannot thank you enough for braking your car. For not harming my kids. For being there for them when I was not. You totally had my back and I thank you sincerely for it.

I am embarrassed that I left my children in a trolley unattended today.

I am so angry with myself  for putting my children in harms way.

Smart people do dumb things.

36 comments:

Toni said...

I know you're still going to beat yourself up about this, but PLEASE try not to! We ALL make mistakes, busy mums can't be on guard 24/7.
I'm so thankful everyone is fine, I can only imagine how terrifying that mad race after the trolley must have been.

Ali said...

Oh my goodness how terrifying for you all. I am so very glad to hear that everyone is ok. I agree with Toni - we all make mistakes. I know I have.

Sarah said...

How absolutely bloody terrifying!

I can only imagine the horror you are feeling and the flashbacks Im sure you are still having.

It's iompossible to allow for every eventuality - we all beat ourselves up over the could have/should have.

The main thing is that everyone IS ok thank god.

Take a deep breath, give the twins a hug and try not to be too hard on yourself.

Mama of 2 boys said...

Oh wow MM, what a horrendous ordeal for all of you. My heart was in my throat as I read... and I kept thinking all the way along that you were going to reveal you were joking or only imagined it. I can't imagine how hysterical I would have been.
It is so true though, sometimes the pace of every day life is so hectic and rushed and fast, that we are almost forced into making decisions and acting in a manner which is totally out of character for us.
Don't beat yourself up about this too much, there is no point in that. You have suffered enough. I'm so glad it all turned out ok xoxo

Cheyenne said...

You gave me goose bumps. So thankful you are all ok. As much as this is the funny scene in movies it is terrifying in reality. Try not to dwell on it but let your mind go through the process of moving through it. Something I learned working on an ambulance for years - let your mind work through the images. You are still an awesome mom - things happen. Lots of love to you and the kiddos.

Diminishing Lucy said...

Oh god, you poor thing. Reading this I nearly vomited. SO glad you are all OK. xxx

Mum on the Run said...

Oh love.
Thank God you are all okay.
You did something most of us do regularly without thinking - but you almost paid the price today.
Thank you for teaching us a lesson. I'll be far more mindful in future.
Alleluia for your safe driver.
xxxxxx

Miss Mandy said...

OMG my heart was racing for you reading this. We have all turned our back on a trolley, you didn't do anything any one of us would have done. Just an stop at the wrong place, wrong time. So glad no one was harmed (physically).

Suzi said...

Oh you poor thing, what a horrible shock! Don't blame yourself it could have happened to any of us, I am so glad everyone is ok. Thank goodness the driver was paying attention.
xx

danneromero said...

Yikes! Scary! Lesson learned, I'm sure...

Miss Pink said...

Wow. I am so glad that everyone is ok. I am glad that you heard the Minx's scream, and that you were able to get to them quickly. I am glad that the driver was paying attention.

It shows that even the best of parents crummy things happen. Do not beat yourself up. Everyone is ok, and that is what's important in the end.

E. said...

How awful. I'm so glad that you and children are okay. Thank goodness the driver was paying attention and had good reflexes.

Life In A Pink Fibro said...

Oh Coo! Poor you! Poor twins! Poor driver! So glad you are all okay. x

Kelly Exeter said...

Oh my word. My heart is thumping out of my chest so I can imagine that yours is STILL gallumping. Thank you for learning this lesson so I don't have to. But I wish you didn't :(

Alison P said...

My heart was in my throat reading that. So relieved everyone is okay.

We've all done things at one time or another. I know I've had a few near misses.

Tales of a Tai Tai said...

Holy shit. Thank god you're all ok. These things happen. Wine o'clock.....

Tricia said...

How horrifying! I'm sorry you (and the twins) had to go through that and am so very very relieved all worked out OK......although I imagine you'd still be feeling pretty stressed. Go easy on yourself. x t.

Erin said...

How totally frightening! So grateful all ended well{{{}}}

PinkPatentMaryJanes said...

Oh my god C, how absolutely horrendous for you. We all have our moments when we're distracted, but it shows how quickly something can happen. So. Not. Your. Fault. Many hugs, hope your heart's returned to normal xx

Alex aka WHOA MUMMA! said...

Sheeeeeeeet! Just shared your post on FB.

I know better but totally guilty of averting my eye from the kiddies for two seconds.

Thank God they are OK.

Photographer Mum said...

SO glad you are all ok! I'm thanking that driver too. How terrifying. I have tears...

Nat - Muddy Farmwife said...

Oh my goodness, how terrifying, harrowing, awful. So glad everyone is OK.
Our old supermarket in town used to have uneven floors, so if you let go of the trolley the kids would end up down the other end of the aisle by the time you went to put something in the trolley. Not as harrowing as on a road, but I'm not game to let go of the trolley any more.

Mrs Catch said...

Thank goodness you're all OK. I can imagine your terror. Thank heavens for attentive driving.

Maxabella said...

Oh thank god thank god thank god!!!!! x

Elisa {with grace and eve} said...

How incredibly terrifying! Thank goodness all is well. I would feel much the same as you, I have no doubt. I hope tomorrow is blissful, restful and calm for you xx

Bec @ Bad Mummy said...

Wow, very scary! I'm glad you were all okay. Like the others have said, don't beat yourself up over it.

Lizeylou said...

How scary!
Hope you are okay and please don't be too hard on yourself - you are an amazing mumma, sometimes things just happen.
x

Dolores said...

I really thought you were going to say you caught the trolley before it got near the road! Thank god no one was harmed. I was in a small local post office a couple of years ago, my two boys 3 & 2 were playing near the heavy glass door, I kept checking on them but in a moment I wasn't looking the 2yr old opened the door with brute force and was walking across the footpath before I noticed and when I grabbed him he was just stepping onto the road!

ally said...

I dreamt (nightmared?) this last night after reading this...I woke so scared...I can only imagine how terrifying it was to live it.
Hold them tight tomorrow
xx

emma @ frog, goose and bear said...

Oh you poor things - terrifying! Don't be too hard on yourself - as many have said - just give 'em all a big hug.

•´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥.Trish.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• said...

So relieved the twins are safe . It must have been terrifying .

Kymmie said...

Thank you God!

Aren't you glad that driver was taking notice on this day?

The children just became so much more precious didn't they?

(If it makes you feel better, I confess to running after a trolley on the odd occasion.) I feel your pain Coo.

xxx

Seana Smith said...

Thank god, thank god you are all ok, and the driver of the car too. An accident, that's what they are... accidental... I've only dodged one big one... so grateful. Whew all round.

Emily said...

My heart is in my throat! You poor things. Hugs. Glad you're all okay (pride and blood pressure notwithstanding). xx

Luna said...

The one thing you must not do, is beat yourself up about it. I agree with you, Smart people do dumb things. 'Someone' must've been watching out for you, the twins and the driver. Best wishes.

Lovely Light said...

First off, ((HUGS))! Secondly, you're right, things do happen to smart people. We are not above making mistakes, and it's the smart ones who don't ever make them again.

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