Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Small mercies..........

I made a decision last week that I will not be buying my usual bus card, since I will soon be off to Naija. The consequences of this decision has been that I have been forced to ride my bicycle......everywhere. When I mean everywhere, I really mean it, to the mall, to the grocery store, to the city, everywhere. So far, it has been going well, except that one time I decided to cut across the woods cos I couldn't be bothered to go around the fucking forest. That was a very bad idea, first of all, there were no paths or trails, and it was scary as hell, I kept expecting to meet a few devil worshippers or something. Anyway, I decided to go swimming today, yep, first swim of the year, I love outdoor pools, something about the environment, kids, teenagers, sausages, ice-cream, sun cream, I just love it, I'll blog about that next time. Anyway, I rode there with my friend Maria, we had a great time, decided to head to her house for lunch. Her house was quite far and the journey quite gruelling, over and under tunnels, across parks, highways, woods, men, I thought it will never end. Just as we were getting to the end of our journey(10mins left), the bicycle track was downhill and split in two, I saw Maria in front, making a right, I was riding down, in full speed, for some unknown reason, Maria suddenly slowed down, look, I was in my own world, by the time I noticed her, I knew a collision was going to take place, there was nothing I could do.......I hit her bicycle right in the middle....everything was like slow motion......I saw myself flying across her.....my head first......right before my head hit the asphalt, I thought..... blood...ambulance......blood.......I am done for......my head hit the road hard......I heard the sound of my helmet...I felt my head bounce back up.......what the fuck? no blood? I am not dead? I slowly lifted my head up......looked at my hands, both palms were bleeding, skin hanging loose, my knees scraped, my shoulder bruised, I sat on the road....took off my helmet......touched my head......nothing......looked at helmet.....a big fucking dent. I was amazed, that helmet, the blue one that I hated so much. The funny thing is when I left home this morning, I left without it, I was already on my way when I suddenly decided to go back and fetch it. Ten minutes before that freak accident, my helmet was just on my head, I did not "tighten" it or anything, but I felt I should and I did, this happened a few minutes before the fall. I am grateful today, for small mercies, I am really grateful.

22 comments:

boorish male said...

Thank God you werent badly hurt!!!!!

Uzo said...

Wow...Really scary but thank goodness you are okay....God was with you...Wow...

Anonymous said...

Glad to know you are OK. Hope Maria is OK too

Waffarian said...

@anon, yeah, she is fine, nothing happened to her at all, she was solid as a rock on her bicycle. She did not even "shift".

Tayo said...

Waow, that was no small Mercy! Thank God for all the little things that happened ... you going back to pick your helmet, tightening it at the right moment, it might have been a different story if not that.
LOL @ you expecting to meet some devil worshipers. Hope your hands are ok now?

Idemili said...

Whoa! You didn't tell me when we spoke yesterday. I hope you are alright? Sexy or not, that helmet is a must.

damsel in the desert said...

wow, that's some scary stuff... glad you are well and not too badly hurt and yes, Thank God!

now i am definitely not gonna ride a bike... :) i aint doing nada dat will threaten my balance like dat... :)

catwalq said...

we thank God o

omohemi Benson said...

Thank God for his great mercies,
I am glad you were not badly hurt,
Thank God,you listened and went back for the helmet.
Glad to know your friend is fine too.
May God continue to protect you.

Patrice said...

Thankfully you are fine. I had a similar lead up to an accident . . . with a truck. I saw the truck late but its driver did not see me, and as my brake pads were completely worn I could not even slow down, let alone stop in time. A head-on collision was inevitable. As I braced myself for impact and what I thought would surely be my last moments, my thinking, like yours, became strangley lucid. In those twilight seconds that seemed like minutes, I contemplated whether I should bale from my bicycle and hope to slide under the truck or to stay put in the saddle and see how far I would fly . . . I chose the latter, and while the suspended milliseconds ticked away, significant images in my life appeared seemingly all at once and a sense of calm set in. The flight was remarkable, a full somerasult over the handlebars, and when I found myself like a gnat splayed face first on the truck's windscreen, I realised I was alive, quickly took stock of all my body parts, and then peeled myself off the truck, and did inventory again. But for minor bruising and a written-off bicycle, everything was fine.

There I go again, leaving a blog on your blog. Sorry.

Calabar Gal said...

Thank God you did go back for the helmet and decided to tighten it too. God certainly is watching over you and thats why you did all that. Thank God you werent hurt at all. You both will live to ride another day abi? Pele.

Anonymous said...

we thank God.. but u r .. those were moves i did in igh School u are still carrying forth...

Nyemoni said...

Thank God for your life... How about maria? I hope she wasn't hurt?

classybabe said...

Thank God you and Maria are fine.We tend to complain about using helmets or seatbelts in cars,but they are really there for a reason.Glad you are o.k

Anu boy said...

lol... this is no small mercy madam... people have been in such and did not come out of it alive mehn, you see as how God de do him thing... God is good ohh,
i remember my own, speeding on ozumba mbadiwe early in the morning, on my way to work, so i look into my rear view mirror, a car was tailing me, and looked infront, cars were stopping at the trafic light, just as i hit my brakes, ol boy no responce ohhh... flat brakes, i was doin about a 100kmh, and d car behind me did not slow down, and i was not gonna turn my ride into a bowling ball atall, so i just diverted into the big meta gate of the civic center mehn, a loud gbosa... gate went flying mehn, almost kncked down a guy but na God know how the guy take move, cos he was in btw my car and the gate, came down, and my bumper had just a scratch... dalm, God is really faithful..

Jaja said...

I thank God. I thank God waffy. i lost a friend this morning in a car crash. she was on her way from Aba to Port harcourt.
I will stay here. what am i going to work for?

I thank God for you Waffy...

LondonBuki said...

Wow!!!! Thank God o!!!!

Now you should love and cherish your helmet.

Where are you WaffY?

Chameleon said...

uh oh.....
pele my dear
did oga run you a hot back after and kiss it all better?

IJEOMA said...

glad you are ok...girl.. you seem like a really active person.. which is quite cool.. did you say you were going to Nigeria? chei see envy!

laspapi said...

surreal moments...the few milli-seconds before an "occurence"

SOLOMONSYDELLE said...

Thank God you are okay! Is Maria fine?

On the bright side, all that riding means you are getting into great shape for our trip....

Chameleon said...

ermm... i meant 'hot bath'

we need like a spell checker on blogger