We had a minor car accident last week on the way to work. We were in the wrong lane when a speeding car appeared and slightly bumped to our right headlight. The headlight got a small crack and there were some deep scratches on the right side, but the other car had more damages that needed fixing.
I recalled that Michael and I were talking about the delegates of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit when the accident happened. When Michael got off the car to talk to the Saudi who was driving the other car, I was wondering if he would talk aggressively like how he did before on incidents like this. To my surprise, he talked to him calmly and even the Saudi was calm about it. I was hoping and praying that the Saudi would let it pass, but with the damage in his car it's quite impossible. I called my co-teacher that I would be late that morning because of that accident. They were calling the insurance police to report the incident but since it was still early, no one's responding through the hotline. Michael and the Saudi guy agreed to meet later in the morning to reenact the accident and to call the police, too. Sounds funny, right?
Since both cars have insurance, they just needed the accident report before we could get our cars repaired and paid by the insurance company. Anyway, when they met and called the Najm, the Najm said that Michael would go to jail since the insurance was not named after him upon checking the papers. The Saudi guy protested then and agreed that they would just disregard the accident. He later told Michael that he did not want him to go to jail because he would not get anything from that situation, and that's a lot of trouble for such a small accident. We were thankful but at the same time felt sorry for the Saudi because he would shoulder his car's repair all by himself.
On the way to school, we saw a tragic car accident and thought if the driver survived that crash. It was terrible. We couldn't help but thank God that we were safe and we only had a small accident. We are also thankful that the Saudi guy we encountered was understanding and friendly, unlike some who are angry and aggressive. It made me believe that there is still goodness in people.
Accidents can happen when we least expect them. Some accidents may actually be blessings in disguise, saving us from something more awful, especially in this world where almost everything is uncertain. We couldn't be more grateful that we are safe and sound amidst the small accidents in our life. But, we'll be more careful next time. :)