Bam Bambi

When the phone rings at 5:15 in the morning, it’s usually bad news. In fact, the first thing I said was “what’s wrong?” when my wife called me at 5:15 a.m. on December 16. She had hit a deer on a highway in Maryland. Fortunately she was not hurt.

My wife had traveled to the D.C. area to visit her ailing mother. She was getting an early start on her return trip to Knoxville when two deer ran in front of her car. She was able to avoid the first one but hit the second one.

The front of my wife’s car sustained significant damage. Our son drove to the scene to help unload my wife’s luggage and to give her a ride back to his place. The car was towed away.

The crash gave her a few extra days to spend with her mother, which turned out to be a blessing. My wife’s mother passed away on Christmas Day.

With the funeral and the holidays, we haven’t had much time to deal with the car situation. The insurance company decided that the cost of repairs would exceed the value of the car. Now we have to begin the process of shopping for an affordable used car.

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