This morning, I dropped off my children just as I do five days each week. Then, I proceeded on my way to work, just as I do four days each week (I work from home once/week). Half way to work, I was sitting at a red light, talking to my mom on my cell phone headset when all of a sudden I was jerked forward and heard a loud crash. That's right ladies and gentlemen! I was innocently sitting at a light, waiting for my turn to proceed and I had my very first accident. Of course after I screamed, the phone fell from the passenger seat to the floor and I said (very loudly) "WHAT THE FUCK?!" Thankfully, I had the presence of mind to pick up the phone, calmly tell my mom that I had to call the police and that I'd call her back. Apparently, the woman behind me saw that the light was green and assumed that we should all just take off. Not so. So, we called the police, moved to the nearest parking lot and the local officer arrived. Fifteen minutes (and minimal damage later), he sent us on our way each with a copy of the Illinois crash report and her with a ticket. She was very nice and cooperative (as I would hope for during my very first accident). I can guarantee that it would have been an uglier situation if either of my children have been in the car. At 25, I'm too young for my first car accident-- at 1 and 7, they shouldn't even consider being in an accident.
The car looks fine but we'll see what the body shop says. And, I'm feeling fine-- just shaken. I took Ibuprofin and used the heating pad first thing this morning just in case. We'll see what tomorrow brings.