That terrifying moment..........when you're at home editing pictures, your mother and sisters have taken horses down to the General Store, and you get a phone call from your mother.
She's frantic. Panicked. Yelling incoherently into the phone.
All you can make out is, "Get in the truck NOW and come to Glendale and 174th.....Derby....got away, running down Glendale.......TRUCKS......Jessie got her, oh she's flattened.....in the road.....SCHOOL BUS.......she's going to be a bloody mess........"
Yep. That happened to me today.
I ran to the truck and flew out of the driveway, heading for I'm-not-sure-where, expecting I'm-not-sure-what. When I got there, they had caught the runaway horse and were pulled over on the side of the main road through our town...crying and bloody and shook up.
Derby, the horse Jessie was ground-driving, had gotten away from her, jumped the canal, and headed down main street at full blast, dodging trucks and vehicles. Anna tried to grab her, but Derby kept running - resulting in a very nasty rope burn on Anna's hands. Jessie then grabbed her, and was not letting go.
Derby kept running, spun Jessie around, and flung her to the ground. Jessie's sudden fall jerked Derby off her feet (literally) and they slid to a stop directly in front of a school bus...much to the entertainment of the school children. Thankfully, the school bus driver was a quick thinker, and she slammed on the brakes, put out her little stop sign, and stopped oncoming traffic! Yay for the school bus driver!!!
Everyone turned out alive, no permanent damage, just bruised and bloody and scared.
And thankful! Thankful that nothing is worse than it is!! But wow, what an eventful day :)
"Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
23 They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness."