Thursday, November 19, 2009

Friday Flash 55-Angels

He was going through hell. Unbelievable traffic accident, son, daughter and wife all in different hospitals. All in serious condition. Questions without any real answers and facing a future uncertain. He needed rest to clear his mind, but where to find it? Then at last finding comfort and caring. Sometimes angels can wear clown suits.....

In 1995 my wife was broadsided at an intersection by a fully loaded tractor-trailer with my son and daughter. She was life-flighted to UPMC in Pittsburgh, my son was under observation in the local hospital and my daughter was in Todd Children's Hospital in Youngstown, OH. I was traveling about 120 miles daily trying to keep up with everyone. Todd's had a Ronald McDonald house attached and I spent one night there, my parents were there for several nights. These were some of THE kindest folks I ever met, in fact one lady made my Dad a chocolate cake! Today on my way to work I stopped at the McDonald's drive thru for breakfast and they were asking for a one dollar donation for RMH. I gave a bit more. If you're out, why not grab a Big Mac and leave an extra buck or two for these folks, they're well worth it.

13 comments:

Chef Kar said...

Mike ~ Extremely touching 55. Always nice to have a story to relate to...sorry this one was real. RMH has been there for a few of my friends too...I've never heard anything but sung praises. Don't care for the food, but sure can go drop in some bucks to support the cause.

Mine is up:

Friday Flash 55 ~ The Boy on The Metro

Shadow said...

this one really cuts to the core... angels are everywhere, as you know...

Brian Miller said...

sometimes they do...thanks for the back story...glad all are well now and the hand was there when you needed it. great 55!

mine is up!

Alice Audrey said...

I hope I never ever need it, but from all I've heard that RMH thing is a great thing.

Mona said...

that was really a touching 55ve! Thanks for sharing this!

enchantedoak said...

Wow, a startling 55 from real life. Glad I came by. My 55 is about Victoria's Secret silliness.

G-Man said...

What a frightening story Mike.
Every parents nightmare!
I'm so glad that yours turned out so well.
With the Holidays looming every charity is asking for donations, I'll remember this story of yours, and I'll certainly drop in a few extra bucks...Thanks.
Excellent 55, and have a Kick Ass Week-End...G

Mama Zen said...

I will do that.

Great, great 55!

Monkey Man said...

I certainly hope all recovered and are living normal lives. What a story - angels do take many forms. I'll pass on the Big Mac, but will support RMH. My 55 is HERE.

Tall Kay said...

Awesome 55 Mike! I love real life stories, especially ones with a happy ending and for a good cause. I'll remember this too if I get the chance to contribute. Thank you!

Dianne said...

Thanks for visiting my blog, and your kind comments, you are a dramatic and honest writer.

I am an occupational therapist with experience in rehab, ICU, and outpatient physical disabilities. I knew a woman who, in her mid twenties, survived a burning crash on interstate 5 in mid-california, on thanksgiving weekend, only to run back to the burning vehicle to watch the toddlers and spouse crying inside, helpless. you are lucky,
keep writing, because, LITSNT, (life is too short not to0

lime said...

wow, i cannot imagine the worry caused by such a horrible accident and the stress of traveling between 3 hospitals like that. where i used to live had a hospital with a ronald mcdonald house and i've known a few folks who were immensely blessed by that resource. i am glad it was there when you most needed it.

MomsJournal said...

Very touching story. I can't imagine how stressful that must have been. I hope everyone made out alright.