It’s Wednesday, and that means it’s Jane’s Day Out. Every week, I take mom out to meet her regular group of friends for lunch. As usual, I drop her off, but instead of picking one of the nearby places to have my lunch and wait for them to finish, I had a picky little list of errands to run (light bulbs, sinus meds, phone bill). So, I head off and 2 blocks down the road, this
… I don’t exactly remember the particulars.
I was driving – she launched into moving traffic – I swerved – she hit me.
I could postulate all day as to the hows and whys… but it really doesn’t matter.
One accident – two cars totaled… no one seriously hurt. I should have been thankful for that, but…
I was Angry…
… at the driver for not looking
… at myself for not being able to avoid the crash
… at the motorists constantly asking what happened
… at myself again for totaling Jane’s car
… because I didn’t get any of the errands done
As of 10:30pm, I now realize the building anger was primarily shock. But knowing it now didn’t help when I lost it at the person behind me at the UPS store for taking my pen…. or the manager at Wendy’s for getting my order completely wrong… or to the long list of unpleasant deaths I imagined for the guy in front of me putting 100 gallons of gas in his car… or to any one of the 6 drivers in front of me that felt 50mph was a perfectly reasonable speed for the highway.
I caught a glimpse of myself in the rear-view mirror (you know those meth-heads in the police booking photos?) I should have just gone straight home after the accident.
So now, I make amends. I’m sorry for the people I’ve mentally bruised today, it was uncalled-for. I was callous, uncaring and in shock. And I apologize.
I’m still battered emotionally though, and comfort food always help. I decided I needed something hot and noodley and cheesy and absolutely zero culinary snobbery.
Car Wreck Pasta
Serves 1 Battered Toby
1 Cup Trotoloni
1 Handful Cherry Tomatoes – Diced
1 Handful Black Olives – Diced
3 Asparagus Spears – Diced
1 Sweet Pepper – Diced
2 Tablespoons Garlic Oil
1/4 Cup Grated Parmesan
2 Tablespoons Yogurt
Salt and Pepper to Taste
2 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
Medium Sauce Pan
- Cook the pasta according to the package – Drain
- Saute the diced veggies in the garlic oil until softened
- Remove from the heat and add the vinegar, yogurt and parm
- Add in the pasta and toss