Now that I am at a point in life where I have been driving longer than I haven't, you would think accidental near-misses with family members in the driveway with the front or back end of a vehicle wouldn't be happening. You would think.
Earlier this weekend we decided to make a quick Friday night run to the mall that I won't mention by name (but I will let you know that we affectionately call it "the gangster mall") to purchase a gift and eat at El Chico. Excited to be home, I suppose, mrs. mil10 went to the back of the car to get the package. Surprisingly the back door would not open. EK was getting out of the vehicle. He, too, realized something wasn't quite right. Where was mr. mil10? Standing in the grass. mrs. mil10 quickly realized the car was actually rolling towards her and not just settling into place like a car sometimes will when it is put into park. mr. mil10's quick reflexes enabled him to jump back into the driver's seat and properly put it in park. mrs. mil10 was now out of harm's way. Modie, who had been sitting in the back, was now saying, "Just turn it off. Just turn it off." All was safe and thankfully no one was hurt in the mil10 driveway. Yes, you should always put the car in park before getting out of the car.
Although the event only lasted a few seconds, it kept us laughing for a significantly longer period of time. Probably because we should already know the importance of first putting the car in park before getting out of the car. You see, this is not the first time such an incident has occurred.
Several years ago, when EK was just a small baby, the mil10s were in the truck and needed to quickly run into the house to get something. It should have been a simple task. However, as mr. mil10 walked in front of the truck, he realized that it was actually coming towards him. I could say that it narrowly missed crushing him between the the other car that was parked in the garage, but that would be a little dramatic. I could say that mr. mil10 lunged towards the oncoming truck and stopped it in its tracks with a hearty body block, but that would also be a little dramatic. I could say that mrs. mil10, being alert as she sat in the backseat with the small babe, quickly leaned over the driver's seat and threw the truck into park. I could say that because it was true!
That is twice that mr. mil10 has gotten out of the vehicle without putting it in park. Thankfully, no one was hurt either time. However, you should still learn from the bad examples and make sure you put your car in the correct gear!