Monday, April 25, 2011

More Thankful Than Ever

Sorry this is so long, but I think it's worth the read.

I like to think that I don't overreact very often. Sure, I can be a little melodramatic at times, but I try to keep my drama queen side in check. I also don't scare easily. Unless we're talking about watching horror movies by myself. Then I'm a big ol' baby.

Anyvajazzle, the point of telling y'all this is to make you understand a point. I don't exaggerate and I'm not easily spooked, so when I say something along the lines of "my life was threatened and I was scared to death" you can pretty much bet I'm being completely serious.

Let me set the stage. Early Saturday afternoon, Baby Butterbean and I loaded up in the car to drive the hour over to my mom's house. The road between our two towns is a small two lane road, what we here in Texas call an "FM road," or a "farm to market" road. It's basically a paved back country road. It's pretty peaceful and has amazing views. I go to see my mom at least once a week, so I drive the road at least 200+ times a year. I've never been scared to drive it alone, and most of the time, it's just the Babe and I. Saturday was no different. She stayed awake and sang and talked to herself for about half of the drive. Then, fell asleep, as she normally does. About 20 miles from my mom's house, there is a tiny town with a four way stop. When I came to the four way there were a couple of cars in front of me that turned and went in another direction, which put me behind a small sedan. Once we got outside of town, where the speed limit picks up, I noticed that they weren't speeding up. So, I got a little closer and waited for a chance to pass them. Now, mind you, I'm not a reckless driver, especially not when my daughter is in the car, so I was not tailgating this car at all. After a minute or two, I realized that there were 4 men in the car, and the two in the backseat were staring at me.

Let me pause for the cause for a minute and explain these "men". I've stated here before that I'm a bail bondsman. I've bailed guys out of jail that were clean cut good guys. But most of them are not. They're losers, bullies, thugs. And these men in this car would fit in with the majority of the people that I bail out. Are ya picking up what I'm putting down here?

Anygangsta, back to my story. I realized that the men in the backseat were staring at me. And then, one of them picked something up, showed it to me, and then waved it around. It took me a second to realize he was waving nunchucks. And then they started slowing down. Slower, and slower, and slower. I started to think that they wanted me to pass them, which I knew wasn't a good idea, since that would give them control and possibly put me in a situation to be chased. Finally, after 5 or so miles, the one who had waved the nunchucks started rummaging around in the floorboard. This is where I really started to get scared. There have been plenty of stories where enraged drivers have shot other people, so it's not like it's impossible.

Thankfully, by this point, I was only about half of a mile from a back road that cut over to my dad's place. I started slowing down even more to put plenty of distance between us. They continued to slow down with me. When I got to the turn off, we were only going about 15 MPH. I waited until the last minute, took the turn, sped up, and watched them drive off. I was in the clear.

Then, a minute later, I glanced in my rear view, and there they were. Speeding up behind me. At this point my flight response set in and I floored it. I managed to call my husband and have him call my dad and tell him to open there gate. You normally have to punch in the code on the outside, but thankfully they were at home and could call up to the front gate from their house. I was driving faster and faster, and by the time I reached their property line, the car was almost on my bumper, and we were going 100+ MPH. I knew I wouldn't make it to their gate. I knew that the gate would be open on the back entrance of their place, and I knew that if I put enough distance between the car and us, I would be able to get into the driveway and get to a valley in the front pasture where they wouldn't see me. I stepped on it and shot off. I made it to the back entrance and into the driveway. I'm really not sure how I managed to not flip my car. As I came to a stop I could see the car speed past my dad's place. I knew they hadn't seen me turn in. So, I turned and drove through the pasture and the woods and came up on the backside of my dad's house. By the time I made it to his house, I was in hysterics. Every scenario that could have happened played out in my head. The worst part was that I realized that they could have hurt my daughter. I ended up getting an escort into town, and made it to my mom's safe and sound. Thankfull Baby Butterbean slept through almost the whole thing. She woke up when we were bouncing through the pasture.

All day I kept an eye out for the car. Even though I was with my mom, I was terrified that they'd see me somewhere in town and they'd succeed in hurting one of us.

That was two days ago, and I'm still shaken up. I wasn't able to drive back down that road by myself. My body is still sore from being so tense that whole time. I've cried myself to sleep for the past two nights. I've never ever been scared for my life, simply because I knew that if it was my time to go, there wasn't anything I could do about it. But when you add my baby into the equation, everything changes. She is my everything. I live and breathe for her. I'd do anything to keep her out of harm's way. So when there was a brief thought in my mind that her life might have been in jeopardy, I couldn't handle it. I managed to stay calm enough to get us out of the situation, but I lost it afterward. Needless to say, I hugged her extra tight that night. I watched her run around yesterday and hunt Easter eggs with her cousins, and I thanked God for keeping her safe and for bringing her into my life. I'm not sure how I'd cope if she weren't with me. I am truly blessed.


Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

Omg. That is terrible. So glad you both are ok!!

Katie said...

That is terrifying! So glad you're both safe and sound!

Melissa (A Gracious Calm) said...

How scary! Glad everyone is OK! Were you able to get a plate or anything? I suppose where nothing actually ended up happening, might not be anything they could be charged with, or maybe reckless driving or something?

Cathy Benavides said...

Holy crap, that is so awful!! I am so happy to hear that you and your child are okay. It's sad and frightening to know that there are people in the world that would do something so awful. You should be so proud for thinking clearly enough to get out of that situation. Big hugs to you girl.

Summer Athena said...

babygirl. jesus. i was tense reading this and still nervous. i am so thankful you are okay. did you report the car to the police?

Ms. Salti said...

I hope through all of that you were able to get their license plate number and report it to the police!!!

I'm so happy everything is ok. Thank God you had your wits about you to call your dad and think everything through before you got into real trouble.

Glad you and Baby Girl are ok!!! Big hugs!

~KS said...

Holy hell girl... I was scared out of my mind reading this. Sooooo glad you are okay.

Oh Honestly Erin said...

Unreal! Girl, I am so glad you both are safe and sound. DAMN I was holding my breath while I read this. I would have pissed myself. Especially after you turned off and they appeared behind you. So damn scary.

I commend you on your quick thinking through it all. Were you able to get a plate number or anything?

J said...

Thank y'all so much for the concerned comments! I was able to get a partial license plate, and my mom has a friend who works for the sheriff's department, so we may be able to press charges.

Suburban Sweetheart said...

Wow. This is SO SCARY. People are just crazy sometimes...

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