I was all set to start writing up a trip report on last week’s cruise. However, breaking news is preempting the review. This is not how the front of my son’s daycare is supposed to look…..EVER.
How this happened, I have no clue because the parking lot is so narrow, I’d think it would be really hard to work up enough speed to ram a vehicle almost all the way into the infant’s room. Luckily no one was seriously injured, just a few cuts and bruises, and some really scared babies, teachers, and parents.
James’s room is a few doors down from the infant room and was never in danger. Regardless, emergency workers were handling all the parents very gently. I received a firefighter escort to James’s room and after I gave my information to the police I found James a little freaked out, but otherwise fine. He ran at me like he was being shot out of a cannon and wailed “the car hit the babies,” while he attached himself to my leg. Press was everywhere on the ground, and in the air, emergency vehicles and workers were all over the place. It was all a little overwhelming for both of us.
I received an escort back to my car, and on our way back we watched the SUV being removed from the building. As the SUV exited, parts of the room collapsed. It was overwhelming to think that a vehicle had occupied the same space as infants…IN…DOORS! Needless to say, I freaked out, and James was still pretty worked up. I think that the firefighter was seeing a little too much white in our eyes, so he gently suggested that we might like to sit in the fire truck. It was nice to get away from the swirl of activity until the tow truck moved, and we could go home.
While we watched everyone work, I realized that despite the mayhem everyone was really going to be ok. I’m thankful to the police, firefighters, and daycare for handling things so well.
Update: The news just reported that the driver was on crutches, her right foot in a cast. She was “visibly shaken.” I think that there are some parents that would like to line up to give her some more shaking.