Seeing something that conjures up memories, good or bad, can be overpowering. We can sometimes hear, or even smell something that floods us with memories. This afternoon, after picking the boys up from afternoon carpool, we were headed home on our usual route. Traffic was no more or no less congested than it usually is. Our usual "ride home" convos were taking place. I was getting the run down on the day, how they did on their tests, homework for the evening, and, of course, the most attention grabbing facet of the day....what was for lunch!
As I scooted through a traffic light at a busy intersection, the wail of an extremely loud siren blasted my left ear. It was as though the siren was resting on my shoulder. From a quick side glance, I couldn't see where it was coming from, but could hear the sound follow us. Looking into the rear view mirror, I could see the bright lights of the ambulance and hear the siren. It was still a ways behind me. I made my usual turn and carefully watched the rear view to see if the ambulance was taking the same track. Yep, it indeed turned. As it sped up and came closer I found a driveway to dart in to get out of the way.
The moment the ambulance sped past our car, the wind swirled past as well. The siren was blaring and in that moment of seeing the rear of the vehicle, I was instantly flooded with an emotion that I wasn't prepared for. Tears swelled in my eyes and I was completely swept back in time by six years in an instant. The raw memories of the day Matthew made his journey from Baton Rouge to New Orleans rushed through me. Just a few minutes prior, nothing. Now, I am trying to regain composure before the boys realize I feel like I have a frog in my throat croaking to get out.
Apparently, I wasn't the only one who was reminded by the sight and sound of the emergency vehicle. Matthew asks from the back seat, "Mom, did the siren stay on the entire time when I went to New Orleans?" I took a deep breath as I drove back onto the road and replied, "I believe it did buddy."
Will we ever be able to hear the sounds of a siren without having those memories flood our minds? Probably not. But, it always gives us a kick in the rear to have just another reason to offer up a quick daily word of "THANKS" to the one who hears all!
God, thank you for the sights and sounds. Thank you for the daily blessings and little reminders of everything that we have to be thankful for. How different our lives could be right now........