To the editor,
On Dec. 27 around 4:30 p.m. my boyfriend and I were driving on Highway 104 heading to Cape Breton. Just past Stellarton in French River I hit black ice and rolled my vehicle.
For all the people who stopped I thank you. For the young man who sat on the side of the Jeep and talked me through even after I passed out, I thank you. Your voice is in my dreams. And in the moments of my panic your voice is what calmed me. You told me everything was going to be fine. And you were going to get me out. I thank you for your kindness in those few minutes that seemed an eternity. To the two men who carried me to the side of the highway I surely hope you didn't hurt yourselves. And the young woman in the red truck who gave me that cigarette. thank you for that it was a very long wait until my next one.
The paramedics: Justin was his name, and, I believe, Leah. Thanks for being on the scene as fast as you were and taking such good care of us. To the RCMP who kept checking on me and explaining to me it was not my fault, black ice is deadly. You went above your job description that evening. Thanks for my hopefully one and only trip in a police car.
To the ever so patient tow truck driver of Tri County towing. It took so long for you to get the vehicle out of the ditch â and the amazement on your face when I walked to you and told you I was OK. This company is a great group of men. They treated me like I was family, allowed me access to my vehicle when I needed it on a Sunday, said I was very lucky to be alive.
To the woman standing in front of a van who I believe said it's nice to see you. I had no idea who you were beyond those words. Thank you for your kindness.
In those moments of rolling four times and wondering if it was ever going to stop, I know angels had to have been with us. And when they were done their job they put living caring angels there, just days after Christmas, the busiest time of year. All those who stopped, who cared enough to make sure I got out safely, now wondering how we are: well there was minimal damage to the vehicle. Neither my boyfriend or I were hurt. Soreness was about as much as we got.
All your kindness from the 911 calls to all the men and women, to that guy who just kept talking to me, I truly cannot thank you all enough. Your kindness renewed my faith that there are kind people out there. On Dec. 27 I heard it, saw it and mostly definitely felt it.
Thank you all so very much.