Twas a Week Before Christmas/2014

Note: my site has been down. We seem to be back in business, so greetings this December 18.

Today, my dental hygienist described her accident twelve years ago–she swerved for a deer and hit a semi instead, breaking her arm in several places, crushing her humerus, ulna, and wrist, puncturing a lung, breaking some teeth and an ankle, cracking two vertebrae and lacerating her foot. Not to mention brain swelling and about a thousand bruises.

The Jaws of Life went into action, and an EMT attended her when she roused, her main concern returning her overdue library books and notifying her employer that she’d be late. Oh yes–and that her arm zigzagged like a shattered branch.


(This picture is NOT the young woman who had the accident, but it gives us an idea.)

Another detail: somehow, her tied work shoes blew off her feet. Sounds tornado-ish, doesn’t it?

She says the experience changed her tendency to keep everything spotless—of course, that’s the personality type for a fabulous hygienist. But now, if grandchild time is at stake, she can wait to sweep the floor.

One week from Christmas day, I can’t help but notice a parallel. Experiences alter our viewpoints. Accidents, traumas, and even delightful, exciting adventures transform us.

Writers try to clarify these changes in their characters. A small detail, trivial compared with collapsed lungs, can make a huge difference. If I survived such an accident, I’m not sure the flying sneakers would capture my attention. But as a writer, they do—how in the world did that happen?

Which brings us to the mystery of the nativity. Far before modern technological advances, human conception occurred apart from normal means. How could such a phenomenon occur?

There’s no nailing this one down. Some things, you simply must report and entrust to your reader.

9 thoughts on “Twas a Week Before Christmas/2014

  1. Oh, my, Gail, I feel for the young woman in your story! I hope she is well on the mend now.

    I love your observation of writers. They do notice the strangest things!

    Here’s wishing you a Merry and blessed Christmas!

    • Yes, she’s totally well and working away, Pat. I just love how her story and that tennis shoe phenomenon led to Christmas . . . hope you have a lovely one.

  2. Such a wonderful story. I know from personal experience that there are occurrences in life that can change a person’s perspective on what is truly important IF we are open to receiving the message within God’s plan. Thank you for sharing this young woman’s story Gail. Blessings to her and you this Christmas season.

    • Julia, great to see you here! Thanks for sharing–isn’t that the truth, being open to life’s lessons is so vital. Enjoy your family this Christmastide!

  3. Amazing how an accident or other traumatic event helps put things in perspective. Merry Christmas to you, Lance, and your family.

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