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COLUMNS, HOROSCOPE CROSSWORD The Arlington Times/The Marysville Globe -:o B5 IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII II :r Linings Debi Marshall from heaven : distance was of gentle warm, gaily busy tOfLX coUld have ahead. z model in a to Come out of oblivious the woman had done before at colli~.g spring metal nearby moun- Curb and of stop- its of angle. The steering wheel it had violently struck and her mouth formed a large "O" as blood began to gush profusely from a large gash in her fore- head. Then, except for the hissing of steam escaping wildly from a radiator, all was eerfly silent. I had just picked up my son and his friend from high school when we happened upon the two cars. It's strange and frighten- Lug to wimess such a violent acddent. I expected police officers to be already in place, but once the initial shock and horror wore off, I realized, for the moment, we were the only help the people in these two cars had. I pulled over to the edge of the road, leaped from the car and dialed 911 on my cell phone. Other witnesses, too, began arriving. When no one responded to my call, one man yelled that help was already on its way. The driver's side of the SUV was irreversibly crushed. Worse, the driver could not be seen from outside the car. Before we could stop her, however, a 20- year-old woman climbed from the backseat. She was shaking uncontrollably and com- plained of head and neck pain. I grabbed her arm and helped her to a shady, grassy area. ~Tou're going to be okay, honey," I heard myself soothing over and over again in a calm voice even I didn't recognize as my own. "Just lie still. We've called an ambulance." "My head.., my neck," she cried, as tears, leaving black lines of mascara, coursed down her pale face. "My head hurts so badly." "I know, honey, but you're alive," I said, holding her in my arms. "That's all that matters fight now. Everything is going to be okay. What's your name?" I asked softly. "Kelli, with an 'i,'" she whispered. "I'm Kelli. Will you please stay with me?" For the first time, she looked directly at me and huge tears formed anew in her large brown eyes. '~3f course I will," I said, rubbing a spot on her leg that didn't appear injured. "I have a daughter just about your age. If she were ever in a car acddent, I'd hope someone would stay with her." Strangers helped the other driver to the same grassy area. She lay just feet away from us, conscious but silent as blood flowed from an angry cut on her head, leav- ing dark splotches on an already-red shirt and bright dots on a long, tan skirt, as ff someone had taken a paint brush dipped in scarlet and flung it carelessly in her direo tion. An elderly woman walked across the grass towards us. Gently she removed the black sweater she was wearing and held it up to block the sun from Kelli's eyes. "Can I call someone for you?" I asked, as much to see if she was still alert as to notify her family. "My sister. Call my sister," came her pained response, and she redted some numbers as I dialed. "Can you call my dad, too?" she asked weakly, then redted more numbers. "Of course I can." But the only response at her father's house was an answering machine, and I didn't dare leave a message. It's the kind of phone call every parent dreads: "Your child has been seri- ously injured in a car acddent." "My ann; it hurts so bad." "I'm sure you bruised it," I replied, confirming what she already suspected. "But thank God you're alive." "I know," she gulped and then began to sob. "She turned right in front of me. I couldn't stop." "Shh," I soothed. "It's okay." And so we waited as ff suspended in time, not thinking twice about lying in a stranger's front yard (pondering the uncer- taint3, of it all) on a perfectly glorious day in the middle of the month, near the mid- dle of the year, at a time when the earth was bursting forth with new life. Occasionally I raised up on my knees high enough to peer over a hedge and see my son and his friend standing silent and fearful by the side of the road. One time my son looked back at me and, as our eyes met, I knew we shared the same emotion, as horrible as this sounds, gratitude that all of us were safe. How easily this could have been one of my three teenage drivers, my husband or myself. It seemed like forever before we heard the blaring sirens of a fire engine, before we saw the flaming red of the truck, the bold silver of its ladder shimmering bright- ly in the sunlight. Then the scene, which had been so still and silent, erupted into chaos. Firemen raced from one victim to the next, assessing their injuries and glean- ing bits of information. They asked practical questions like, "How fast were you driving? Which direc- tion were you headed? Where's your insur- ance card? Your driver's license?" Finally the first of two ambUlances arrived and EMTs raced towards us with bright yellow backboards and blood pressure cuffs. In minutes, still holding her forehead with a makeshift compress someone had given her; the first woman was loaded into an ambulance. Minutes later, Kelli was placed in a neck brace then eased, ever so carefully, onto a backboard of her own. I continued talking to her. Though her headache was becoming increasingly more severe, the fact that she could still wiggle her toes provided me with more comfort than I could ever have possibly imagined. As they began carrying her to the ambulance, she asked the men to stop. Then, looking directly at me, she said, "Thank you for being here. You have no idea what it meant to me." As tears formed in my eyes, I told her, "Kelli, I'll be saying lots of prayers for you. I know you're going to be okay." And then she was gone. It was several minutes before Greg broke the silence that surrounded us on the drive home. "Wow, Steve," he said to his friend. "They were older than us and probably much more experienced drivers, and look what happened to them." ~Yeah, man, it's pretty freaky," replied Steve. "This is a 'heads-up' from heaven, guys," I told them. "Both drivers were wear- hag their seatbelts or they probably would- n't have survived." When I pulled into our driveway the grass seemed a little greener than it had when I'd hurriedly left home that morning. The fresh heads of tulips looked especially bright. My husband's smile appeared even more welcoming than usual, and when he gave me a quick hug, our arms lingered around each other just a little longer. I was extra cautious driving my daugh- ter to dance class, tucking away my cell phone and paying strict attention to the road. Cooking dinner didn't seem to be the chore it usually was, and with little effort, the dinner dishes were soon done. All night long I thought about two young women lying in the jaws of a hospi- tal undergoing CT scans to assess the trau- ma, receiving treatment for their injuries. When I said my nightly prayers, I asked God to give them the strength they would need to recover. I lingered on the thankful- ness part, too. All my children were tucked safely into their beds. My husband was snoring noisily beside me. "Dear God," I prayed. "May I always recognize my blessings." Dell" Marshall's award-vcinnirK3 column appears in several weeldy newspapers throughout the ~'t. If)sou wish to share your story or com- ments, please write Del~ in care of this newspaper or ema[I her at sffverlini@aoLcom. Raising aLm Creators Syndicate, Inc. HOROSCOPES Aries - March 21/April 20 When it comes to a business deci- sion early in the week, Aries, you have to be patient. You're not the one in control here, and pressuring the person who is in charge only will make you look desperate. So, you just have to wait this out. Don't Many girls feel ugly and,shy worry -- you're sure to get the adole~ence, even~wh~m ~eY answer that you've been hoping for. attractive. ~e~stories of. " women m my ~k , ,, Tatmm -~Apri121/Mar, 21 Your stubbornness can be your "How Jane Won" (Crown, 2001) will downfall when it comes to dealing May 13 - May 19 loved one turns to you for romantic advice. Be honest with him or her -- even ff what you have to say won't be appreciated. Libra plays an important role. Leo - July 23/August 23 Keep your opinions to yourself when talking with co-workers early in the week, Leo. These people won't appreciate your point of view. Since the topic of discussion does- n't directly affect you, let them say what they want. There's no need to you when you receive accolades this week, Scorpio. You deserve the praise. However, this doesn't mean that you should let the attention go to your head. You still have to work diligently. Don't forget that. A loved one asks you an important question on Friday. Be honest with him or her. Sagittarius - Nov 23/Dec 21 You have quite a lot of work to do thts week, Saglttarius. So, don't get distracted by those around you. inspire your daughter and prevent her from feeling alone with her problems. Excerpts from the book can be found at www.seejanewin.com. Dear Dr. Sylvia: Our 8-year- old daughter, a second grader, loves life. She is an only child with really good verbal skills. She does well in most subjects and has an increasing interest and profldency in reading. Her teacher is a wonderful woman, but she tells me that our daughter seems to be confused a lot. Our home is not a chaotic place, and she doesn't seem like this at all when she is at home. She comes home each day and does her home- work without having to be remind- ed, but often fails to turn inher work. I'll either find it in her folder, or she puts it in her desk and "for- gets* to hand it in. We have tried having her carry homework in her hand in the morning so she can put it in the homework box as soon as she gets to school, but she still ends up right where she started. I don't want to place too much pressure on my daughter, but at the same time I want her to focus and be successful. Which of your books might help me find some advice? Dear Reader:. The book that will guide you is "Why Bright Kids Get Poor Grades" (Crown, 1995). A small reward system like stickers or smiley faces usually helps a young child to complete the final steps in organizing herself enough to get her homework in, especially when she has completed it. As an only child, your daughter is probably accustomed to a lot of attention and support, and she may feel a bit attention-deprived in school. Fo~ett~ her homework may have he.me ~ attention-getter, or per- as confident In her work and has some underlying fear about handing it in. . Aftex you help your daughter wltl~ organization techniques and a small ~]stem, she'll proba- bly develop better habits. If these don't work, or ff tim problem wors- ens, you should take her to a psy- chologist for further diagnosis. with loved ones this week. While you shoUld go after what you want, don't ignore what those dose to you woUld like. If you listen to them, you'll see that you have com- mon goals. Try to work with them instead of against them. Make an honest effort to do this. Gemini - May 22/June 21 You have an easy week ahead of you, Gemini. So, enjoy yourself. Try to relax, and have a good time. You certainly deserve it. Go out with a dose friend whom you haven't seen in a while; this person will be happy to hear from you. You two have a lot of catching up to do. Cancer - June 22/July 22 You become the center of attention when you share good news with those closest to you early in the week, Cancer. Don't be embar- rassed. You deserve the spotlight. A upset the apple cart. That special someone has a surprise for you on Friday. Enjoy! Vh'go - Aug 24/Sept 22 You're on pins and needles as you wait for an important package this week. Don't get yourself all worked up over this. No matter what the outcome, you're going to be OK. You need to remember this. A loved one needs a shoUlder to cry on late in the week. Be there for him or her. Libra - Sept 23/Oct 23 Try to help dose friends when they get into an argument early in the week, Libra. It will take some effort on your part to get these two talk- ing again, but you certainly are up to the challenge. Leo is involved. Scorpio - Oct 24/Nov 22 Don't let your ego get the best of You need to stay focused ff you hope to accomplish anything. So, set your priorities, and work dih- gently. Those involved will be impressed with your efforts. Gemini plays a key role. Capricorn- Dec 22/Jan 20 Don't back down when an acquain- tance challenges your authority. You are in control of this situation, and you know that you're doing the right thing. So, stand your ground. The person whom you've been see- ing calls it quits. While you're upset, you know that this person isn't the one for you. Try to remem- ber that. before you dedde to get involved in this venture. Turn to that special someone for advice if you need it. Pisces - Feb 19/Mardi 20 Don't turn your back on a friend who is in trouble early in the week. While you have a lot to do, this per- son really needs you. So, take the time to help him or her. Your efforts will be appreciated. Leo plays a key role. II Crossword Edited by Stanley Newman . PICNIC BASKET: Lots of goodies to be found inside. 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