Almost …

Almost …

By Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee



                           Gloria Faye Brown Bates/ aka Granny Gee (&grannygee)


One night I was playing tag with my cousins. I ran to the street to cross it … I don’t know what … made me stop barely in time to keep a car front hitting me. The lights were out on it … it was at night time.

I remember how my body froze, somehow ‘drew in’ … my arms went up in the air … to keep it from hitting me. I began to tremble when it went pass me. I … almost … died that night.

I was going to spend the night with a girl who lived several blocks away. I had my bag with me … I was excited as I walked. I heard a train coming as I grew close to the railroad track.

I debated whether to run in front of the train … or wait for it to go by. I decided to run fast across the track. As I began to run, my foot went between the track and the little ‘ditch’ beside it.

The train got closer to me … I could see the big, round light! I was panicking … I was trying to pull my foot out. My foot came out, and I began to run without my shoe … oh no! I have to get my shoe, I thought.

The train horn was blowing as I ran back in front of the train, to pull my shoe out of the track. I almost … got hit.

There have been a lot of ‘almost’ times in my life. I have been very fortunate to come this far in my life. I learned things the hard way through the years, thinking I was … different; I could do things no one else could. I fooled myself. I learned from all my mistakes.

I wonder how many ‘almost’ times … stand out in your life? Can you remember the times you … almost … made an exit out of …your life?

I can’t remember all the many times at many places, times in my entire life. Trust me, I’ve had my many … ‘almost’ times, when I … almost ……..

Photo/Story Credit: Both belong to me … Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka &grannygee


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