Friday, May 04, 2007

Just When You Think Things Can’t Get Any Worse…

We’ve been having a hideous storm here in New Orleans all day. Buckets of rain, endless lightening and thunder, howling winds. You need to understand that even without a hurricane it can rain so hard in New Orleans that the streets turn into vast sheets of water deep enough to swallow unwary motorists. Which is how my daughter managed to drive my car (of course it’s my car; hers is still in the shop) into a lake deep enough to make it stall out.

‘I’m so sorry,’ she says over and over again when she calls.

“That’s all right,” I say. “I’ll call Steve to come get you.”

Ten minutes later, she calls back. “Where’s Steve?”

“He’s coming. Why?”

“Well I was just sitting here in the car and I heard this huge crack and this giant tree came crashing down toward me!”

Deep breath. “Are you all right?”

“Yes.”

Deep breath. “Did it hit the car?”

“No. But it brought down some power lines and—”

“Don’t get out of the car!”

“Right, Mama,” she says in that tone that only a teenager can manage. “I’m sitting in a car surrounded by water with live power lines bouncing around and you think I’m going to get out of the car?”

Ah, if only this were fiction…

7 comments:

liz fenwick said...

Please tell us everything is fine!

cs harris said...

Yes, everything is fine! Except that we now have two cars in the shop and Steve and I had to cancel our weekend at the lake to drive dd to a test Sat. morning. She refuses to drive his car!

Charles Gramlich said...

Eek. we had the storm here too, but fortunately were able to stay snug inside the house. when it calmed down I ventured outside for a nap on the deck.

Glad everything turned out OK. I hope the cars will be repaired soon.

Sphinx Ink said...

Glad everything turned out okay. I would have been so nervous, knowing she was stranded in the car with power lines down in the water around her. How did she get out--did she wait until the water receded, or was she rescued by emergency personnel, or otherwise?

Emily said...

We worried in Baton Rouge, too, and are very relieved that she escaped.

Emily et al

Steve Malley said...

I hereby and officially forgive Christchurch for its steady and annoying winter drizzle.

Kate S said...

Oh, wow. I'm so glad she knew enough to not get out of the car! how scary for you. Glad everyone is ok now.