Thursday, March 13, 2008

What If?

I have always considered Nashville a safe place to live. I have no problem going downtown by myself. I sometimes forget to lock my door. I read about some of the crime that goes on here, but compared to other cities, it seems far removed from my reality.

Today, Justin and I were on our way to pick up Maddie from school. The two cars in front of us stopped. We heard a loud *pop* and saw a hubcap roll into the street. Two cars were driving through the intersection without stopping. Justin said, "They're shooting at each other." What I naively thought was a car backfiring, was a gunshot.

Then- pop pop pop pop pop pop pop pop pop pop pop pop pop

The drivers had their heads and arms out of their windows, shooting at each other. It seemed like it was happening in slow motion, but the gunfire was rapid. They kept driving, while every driver or passenger in nearby cars dialed 9-1-1.

This was in a decent neighborhood. This was in broad daylight. This was in total disregard for any innocent bystander, who happened to be in the line of fire. This was scary.

This was 1.5 miles from Maddie's school.

When we arrived at the school, I was still on the line with the 911 operator. Unfortunately, I didn't see the license plate, and the description of the cars was mediocre, at best.

Of course, once I had it through my head that everyone that I love and cherish, were safe, the questions began.

What if they had turned to the right, and drove past Maddie's school? Where all of the children were playing outside.

What if a stray bullet had hit Justin or me? What about the person in the car in front of us?

What if they had gotten out of their cars and randomly opened fire, on all of us?

What if we were on our way home, with Maddie in the car?

What if? What if? WHAT IF?

I know that "what ifs" rarely accomplish much. Today, they made me hug Maddie a few extra times. They made me appreciate Justin, even more. They made me grateful. For life.

As I was leaving for work tonight, I gave Justin a kiss, and in our "let's make everything a joke" way, I said:

"I'm glad you didn't, well- you know- get shot, today." To which he replied:

"Yeah- try not to get shot on your way to work."

Neither joke was very funny. Not today.

Go tell your family you love them. You never know when random crazy people will start shooting guns.

Nope- still not funny.

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suchsimplepleasures said...

omg!! omg...
that is so scary! so close! i would be freaking out!!
i'm glad everyone is ok!!

Irene said...

HOLY COW. I would be FREAKED. What a crazy world this is.

MommyTime said...

That is terrifying. And horrifying. I would be so freaked out. I'm glad you are all okay. Did they catch the guys?

jenipooh92802 said...

That is crazy! You know people always ask me is this a safe neighborhood where I live, I can't gurantee safety to anyone, we are in Memphis, the #1 crime city in US. I am very glad yall are ok, I don't know what I would do without my sis/best friend. Love ya!

Jenni said...

Holy crap, I can't believe it! Wow, just wow!

Anonymous said...


I'm glad you're all ok.

Did anyone get arrested?

Amy said...

WOW! I am so glad you are all okay! It only takes a moment. I'm sure my kids get quite irritated with the amount of times I just have to love on them, but you never know...

Kimmylyn said...

Wow.. I can't believe you had to witness that.. I am glad to hear everyone is okay!!

pb&j in a bowl said...

Thanks everybody! I am also so thankful that we were okay.

I have no idea if they caught and arrested the people involved. We received an email from Maddie's school about it, letting us know that the perpetrators were no longer in the area. So, who knows?

kimmie said...

Anyone for tougher crime laws?

noble pig said...

Ugh! That's terrible! And scary! That would freak me out so much I wouldn't be able to leave my kids. How terrible!

Rachel said...

Oh sweetheart. Oh my gosh. Oh my gosh. Oh my gosh.
My heart just stopped!! How scary.

Um.. on a bright side, I have something for you on my page.

Jane the Sane said...

How frightening! I am glad you are okay physically though understandably freaked out.

FUN-ky Mama said...

How totally terrifying and chilling. So glad everyone was OK.

BookMomma said...

Oh my God!!! I'm SO glad you gys are OK. That would freak me out and leave me with a big ole dose of perspective too. I hope they get the f*ckers.

Last fall one of my co-workers was kidnapped at gunpoint by two guys and forced to drive around to ATMs and clean out all her bank accounts. They released her unharmed but traumatized - she thought they were going to kill her. And this happened in a SMALL city like Hsv! I had left work and got to my car 15 minutes before her. We were parked right next to each other - they got her in the parking lot. It was horrible.

Kellan said...

How scary - I'm so glad everyone is okay!!!

Thanks for coming by. Hope you are having a good weekend and I'll see you soon. Kellan

Adrienne and Jim said...

Oh my gosh, Chelsea. This gave me chills. I can't believe this happened here either. Like you, we take this city as being a safe place to live. I'm so glad you are okay and that the drivers didn't go near the school. Makes me want to stay at home!

amanda said...

oh my goodness, I'm glad you're okay. I would've had a heart attack.

Karen said...

That's crazy-scary! I'm so deluded into thinking that the small town we live in doesn't have this kind of stuff, but in reality it can (and does) happen everywhere.

Thank goodness you guys are all safe!

Suburban Turmoil said...


I saw a guy pull a gun on another guy in a road rage incident once. It scared the hell out of me. I can't imagine seeing actual shooting!!

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