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On A Quiet Sunday

Sunday, my husband and I were upstairs cleaning windows when we heard a big bang. I looked out and saw my neighbour across the street running and his wife on her cell phone.  I went outside to see what was going on.  People were running from all directions – all of them heading to a heavily treed vacant lot.  By the time I got there (walking) one woman had her arm around a teen-aged girl, comforting her.  The teenager was crying.  Seems she missed the bend in the road and went straight into the bush.  Had her car not come to a stop in time, she would have plunged into the ditch below.

About a minute later, an ambulance came roaring down the street, followed by two fire trucks and police. Charlie waved EMS into our driveway.  The fire and police parked in front of our house. Everybody ended up on our porch so the girl could sit down.  I got a blanket to cover her in case she was in shock.  

It seems this was not the first time someone had missed or misjudged the bend in the road so the EMS folks were not surprised it happened.  The volunteer fire chief introduced himself to us, welcoming us to the neighbourhood.  Earl is a great guy as are all the people we have met so far in this little town. 

As if this wasn’t enough excitement for a day, later that same day, there was a fire down the street.  Again, everyone jumped into action including a man redirecting traffic.  I did not go to see the fire.  I’d had enough excitement for one day.

What amazed me was the speed at which everyone jumped into action.  I was impressed.  The neighbours look out for each other.

So, we went back to cleaning windows and removing a window air conditioner.  I don’t know what it was doing there since we have central air.  At the end of the day, we couldn’t move.  We were dog tired – again.  Seems it’s been like this from the day we moved in.  So much work to get the place to look like it belonged to us.  So much more work ahead.

Oh and just by the way, the teenager was charged with speeding.  Seems the tire marks gave her away.

July 21st, 2009 Posted by | Life In Small Town Ontario | no comments