Experiences like this, though, really reinforce what is important in life. Yes, our wonderful Prius, who took us on so many trips, is gone, but it did a great job when it really counted. Yes, our weekend plans of camping with family didn't pan out, but we were so thankful to have brother and sister in law Tom and Irma there in town to help deal with everything. Yes, it was terrifying, but the amazing support of strangers who stopped and sat with me while I was hyperventilating on a curb right after the accident, the emergency personal who took excellent care of me, all gave me so much faith in humanity. Everyone was just so nice. And, more than anything, Ed and I are so thankful that we are both okay. In that instant, so much could have gone horribly wrong, but it didn't. We're okay. And thankful. Very thankful.
To make good things from bad, we replaced our faithful Prius with a new family car that we're very excited about:
The Prius V! Everything we loved about our former car, with a beautiful new color, a lot more room, and some special enhancements (thanks to them not having the lower model in stock). It's been very fun to have our first official car that we bought together, and has been a ton of fun to drive.
So, we're moving forward with life. A little more cautiously, perhaps, but moving forward nonetheless.