Last night we were driving home from doing errands and getting groceries and we saw it....a car run a red light and slam into another car.
I'm sure the person who had the green had no idea what was coming - you don't expect that you have to look out for people running red lights when you are proceeding down the road with a "full on" green light.
The driver who was hit was pretty "shocked" -- he didn't seem hurt (thank goodness) but he just seemed...well blindsided. He just did not expect to get hit out of nowhere. He was just driving along obeying the traffic rules and suddenly out of nowhere he was t-boned, swung around, and turned the wrong way on a one-way street with a damaged vehicle.
After we made sure both drivers were ok, called 911, talked to the police, and went on our way, my husband and I were talking about how no one expects to get hit like that.
In a lot of accidents...you kind of see it coming....you kind of know you are going to get in an accident....but not when you are blindsided.
It made me think about domestic violence.
No one goes into a relationship expecting to be abused. No one loves a person, has a person say they love them back....expecting to be hit, or verbally abused, or called ugly names...
By the time that happens....I think a person is blindsided. A lot like the guy in the car accident last night. They were going on in life, expecting to be safe and secure and loved in a relationship...and instead they were blindsided.
I noticed this morning when I was driving to work that I was looking around corners for cars that might "blindside" me...I don't usually do that. I'm careful...but I usually expect that most drivers will obey the traffic laws.
I don't expect to be blindsided.
No one should.
Not when we're driving. And not when we're in relationships with people who are supposed to love us.