The tiniest of car accidents

I went to the library during my lunch hour yesterday and somebody else hit my car in the parking lot. I was looking for a shaded space and somebody else was about to back out so i stopped to wait for her. She backed out slowly, slowly, and came very close to my car. I sat and watched the bumper of the white Ford Focus approach and thought, “Wow she sure is cutting it close.” The car stopped and I was relieved. Then it started again and gave the front of my car a love tap. After a pause when I wondered if the driver even realized what had happened, an older woman – maybe 65 – jumped out of her car. I sighed, put my car in park, and also got out without even turning off my engine.

“Are you ok??” she asked.

“Yeah, I’m fine, how about you, see any damage here?” I said, looking at our bumpers.

“Are you alright??? Are you ok? I didn’t even see you there!”

“Yes, I’m fine. Are you alright? Our cars don’t show anything.”

“Oh my god. Yes, they’re fine. I can’t believe I didn’t see you there. Ok!” She was flustered.

“I think we’re good then,” I said. She agreed, got back in her car, and drove away. I parked in the shady spot I wanted.

I suppose I should have used my horn to announce my presence. I thought she saw me though, since I was right there in the parking lot and all not using my invisibility cloak, and she first stopped right in front of my vehicle with plenty of room to turn before inexplicably backing up some more.  It was weird. I’m glad she was backing out so slowly.

June 30, 2007. Words.

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