Just as I got busy in my classroom, a little before 8:00am, the phone rang ...
"HEY DAD, UM, I'M STUCK IN THE MUCK A LITTLE PAST OTTER CREEK. ... A DEER RAN OUT IN FRONT OF ME AND I SLID INTO THE DITCH. I'M OKAY AND I THINK THE CAR IS OKAY, BUT I'M STUCK."
I let my teacher pal next door know I needed her to take my kids for a while and off I went.
Lucky for Junior, I keep rope and other useful thingies in the JEEP for just such an occasion. When I arrived, it was clear that we had been pretty lucky.
The car was mired in soft mud, with no tree or power pole nearby to inflict damage.
It was pointing the opposite direction he had been traveling.
Also, the skid marks on the pavement showed he had spun around at least twice, ... he said it felt like three, before sliding sidewayish into the ditch.
The relief you feel when they are okay after this sort of thing is a welcome feeling and the extra relief of no serious car damage is like icing on the cake.
I'm sure the deer are quite relieved also since he missed them ... are you listening Katie?
I was dressed down for Friday, and there was no need for both of us to get dirty, so I got down on my knees and did the necessary rigging to pull him out with the JEEP.
The JEEP tugged him out of the mud with hardly a grunt and soon he was on his way.
I headed home to change my muddy clothes ... much to the delight of Bear who operates on DogTime, which means he thought I was home for the evening.
Of course, I had only been gone for an hour and a half, but in Dog Think, I left for work, I came back ... it must be long walk/dinner time.
He was a little confused when I turned around and left.
Before I could get to work, Junior called me with the new that the rear tire had gone flat as he pulled into school.
How did your Friday go?