Thursday, December 1, 2011

Life can change in the blink of an eye...

Have you ever had one of those friends that you were VERY close with at times, and then could go years (almost) without talking to this person, then pick up in a conversation and it is like you were never apart.  Well, I have one of those friends.  We live totally different lives right now.  I went to college in Wilmington, she went to Greenville.  I am married and teaching.  She is not married (yet) and is a PT in NewBern.  We have different friends, we do different things.  Yet, I feel like she is one of my best friends.  There was never any question when picking out bridesmaids that she HAD to be one of them.

Lindsey Renee Boyd, A.K.A Grace.

I will never EVER watch National Lampoons Christmas Vacation without thinking of her constantly.

You see, this very special person was almost taken away from us the day before Thanksgiving this year.  As she was driving to work, an 18-wheeler crossed the center line and hit her head on.  I was at school.  I almost ALWAYS see her mom dropping her little sister off for school.  I did not see her that day, but I am not sure if we just missed each other, or if she had already gotten the call.  Anyway, it was a half day and I was soooo excited to be getting out of school early.  4th period rolled around and I checked my email and Tammy Daniels (Lindsey's aunt) had sent me an email.  This was strange, so I read a little further and saw that the title of the email was "Lindsey's wreck on HWY 101"...

Well, I thought, Gosh, Lindsey has been in a wreck...but then I asked myself, why is she emailing this to me.  Was it a bad wreck?  So I opened it very quickly and started reading and I remember gasping as I read what Tammy had written.  One of my students asked if I was ok and I don't really know if I answered them.  I just wanted to cry.

But, praise God, somewhere in those sentences was the information that she was alive!! 
She had a broken leg, but she was alive.  God is so good.

So, school let out and I immediately left and called Blair and let him know (Lindsey worked with Blair for years).  I had to come home and get the girls to go to Havelock for their 9 month appointment.  I was dreading this drive because I would have to go right by the wreck site.  On the way, I just felt the urge to text Lindsey.  I just knew her phone would be, God knows where, but I sent a simple "I Love You" text.  To my surprise, I got a return text.  Charles Michael text me back and said that she loved me too and he would get her the message.  So, I just had to call him!  He was waiting on her mom to get some things together and they were heading out to Greenville.  He gave me a little more information and made me feel much better.

I haven't been able to stop thinking about what a special person Lindsey is.  I have never seen her too mad at anyone, or be mean to anyone.  I honestly cannot think of one time she was mad at me, or I was mad at her.  She has the sweetest personality of anyone I know.

We have had so many good times in the past (softball, color guard, just hanging out, etc.) and I hope that we start to have more good times in the future.  There is no excuse for us not getting together every once in a while and have a good 'old time laugh'.

I think I said this earlier, but God is soooo good.  Everything happens for a reason.  We don't know why they happen, but God obviously has something planned for Lindsey's life.  If you look at the car, he was definitely in that car with her and almost put a bubble around the drivers side.  If she had turned right, instead of left, there is no doubt I would have had to say goodbye and attend a funeral for a good friend.  Ugh, I am sick just thinking about it.

Lindsey, if (when) you read this, please know I love you so much.  You are very special and God truly sparred your life that Wednesday morning.  He has big plans for you.

1 comment:

Lindsey said...

Well I still have tears in my eyes after reading this post. I have been overwhelmed at the amount of support and prayer that has been passed my way since the accident. I feel so guilty that I have let myself lose touch with some of the most wonderful people in my life. I have pretty much been a hermit lately- just keeping myself busy with work. It's always easier to make excuses as to why I haven't called or spend time with these folks. I'm embarassed that it has taken this life-altering event to make me realize how important these people are in my life. Kari you are truly one of my best friends and I promise that I will try harder to make the time to spend with you and your family. There are no more excuses! And you're right...whenever we do get together it's like we were never apart. I think that speaks volumes about the strength of our friendship :) Love ya Grace!