We all have lists of phone calls we don't want to get. Close to the top of the list are ones that contain the words "car", "accident" and "hospital." As in, "I'm a nurse at St. Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie. Your parents were in an accident, and we're keeping them overnight."
My in-laws are, so far as we know, *fine*, but they were still helicoptered to that hospital and so they stayed. Apparently, Dad passed out or fell asleep and ran off the road. No one else, thank God, was involved. My brother-in-law, who happened to be interning in an organic farm this summer, is meeting his wife in Poughkeepsie and going to see them today. We haven't heard from any of them since last night, but that seems to indicate that everything is okay. Presumably, he'll take them back to the city since they can't stay in their country house without a car.
Their car was totalled.
I'm not considering this last to be a bad thing. At all. This is their second accident in three years. However, they're now thinking of getting a car *just* for the country and taking the bus to and from the city. I'm...
Okay, if I had my way, they'd just sell the country house and get it over with.
On the other hand, now may be the time for us to consider buying a car.
(And now I'm also thinking about my mother and Lenny. They're in their midseventies, my mother has done damage to at least one tree, and they *don't* live in NYC. What's going to happen when they can't drive any more?)