Today has been a pretty horrible day, as a parent I experienced a moment I never want to face again. An instant that afterwards had me so angry I am trying to find a way to make things right. My daughter almost got hit by a car.
We were walking home from school, the pavements on our way home are narrow. As an idea you can just about fit a single pushchair on them but with no room for error. We stood to cross the road, a large gust of wind came and my daughter lost balance. She stepped into the road. I saw the streak of blue zooming down the road. Without hesitation I lept into the road grabbed her coat and threw her onto the pavement. I was still in the road as the car went past. It swerved just missing me, I felt the gush of wind go past my back
My daughter in tears, shaking and staring at me. She said I hurt her back when I pushed her off the road, then the penny dropped and she cried even more. ‘I could have got squished Mummy’ she cried. She realised I had got her back to safety, she realised I was still in the road when the car went past, She knew, she cried. I cried. We stood in the wind crying and holding each other.
I hate that road. I have done since the girls started school. Witnessed several crashes, witnessed several near misses and experienced far too many near misses myself. I have seen buses and cars mount pavements as they cannot control their speed to avoid a collision. The road is a 30mph. I can bet that most cars do at least 40 if not more. Why the council won’t do something is beyond me, in fact I know why they are waiting for that fatal car crash. That one time it is not a near miss. That one child that isn't pushed out of the way in time.
I am refusing to let that be my child. Refusing to let that be a friend of ours and refusing to let that be any child. I cannot let it get that far. I cannot sit here and do nothing, not after today. Not after witnessing all those near misses. I need to make today count, before it is too late.
Today has left me fighting stronger
This day I love Fighting stronger