Before dawn I packed a bag, grabbed my laptop, and a bag of books as I was traveling to my daughters to pet sit her animals until the first of the month. I left at dark as they were to leave around 6:00 a.m. for a trip so driving is a great time for me to ponder life’s big questions. As I went around a blind curve driving the speed limit suddenly in front of me was a multiple truck, boat, and car wreck. No time to hardly hit the brakes. I watched in horror as a narrow path was headed towards me and I did not think my FJ Cruiser would get through the wreckage. A double cab demolished black truck on the right with jackknifed jet ski boat in the trees and a red car in the middle of the road crushed with the door wide open into my lane. I braced myself for the sides of my car to be scraped or at least the door of the red car hit and fly off. I sailed through with not a scratch, not one single scratch.
I pulled over to the side of the road with lights and flashers on and jumped out to see a woman standing with her car on the opposite side of the road. She told me she had done the same thing as me. No time to stop. She made it too. The man from the demolished massive truck was standing there and I asked him what happened. He said he was going fishing when I saw up ahead a car on the wrong side of the road coming right at him. He truly had no where to go and the collision. It was awful.
But there were other cars too that had come around the bend and not been so lucky. “Is anybody hurt?” I cried. About that time here came another car and we all ran for the ditch. It stopped in the middle of the massive wreck and not sure as it was so black and dark if they stopped because they hit something or just slammed on the brakes. He too pulled to the side. It was determined that the highway patrol and ambulance had been called so the woman who stood with me said I am going to go to see if I can stop people before they get to the wreck and she was off to turn her car around and shine light on what was up ahead. I walked back to my car and slowly pulled out to drive on to Madeleine’s. I was just in the way and the area was not safe at all.
You all I was blessed! God was not calling me home today and for that I know that I am still here for a purpose. I keep reliving that moment over and over and there still to me is no way I could make it through that wreckage. But I did…
I was shaken and started thinking about the film I had starting watching the night before, “Swades” starring Shah Rukh Khan. Swadeshi, the word, originates from Sanskrit. It is a conjunction, or ‘sandhi’ of two words ‘swa’ meaning self or own and ‘desh’ meaning country. So while swadesh means one’s own country, swadeshi is an adjective that means something or someone ‘of one’s own country’. The film did not do well at the box office. It’s the story about an Indian scientist who works in the United States for NASA but he goes back to India to find the woman who raised him like a mother. His parents were killed while he was in college in the United States. They last time he had seen her was at his parent’s funeral. He cried in her arms when they died. He eventually went back to college and then began his career in the U.S.
The film is about going back home to where you come from, where you are from and the country you were raised. I was reminded in watching it of the film “It’s a Wonderful Life” starring Jimmy Stewart. That film was a box office failure too but now! It is one of the most beloved classic films ever done. The film like “It’s a Wonderful Life” was just ahead of its time. It’s a story all about what is important in life. I too have been searching during this Covid- 19 global pandemic for what is truly important in this short life that you live.
After seeing Madeleine and James off, Breathless Bubbles & Books blog posted, I took a big pause. What had just happened? Her new kitten crawled into my lap and I realized how this morning could have been so different. It really shook me up. So I decided that to get my mind off my narrow escape I would finish watching “Swades”.
I know that nobody truly understands why I love these films of India so much but this one struck such a chord in me. It’s time to get back to our roots no matter where you are from or where you live. It is time to embrace all people, cultures, races, religions, because we all are basically searching for the same thing, to love and be loved.
As I proceed ahead in my “Kat of Nine Lives” life, I will share with all of you that everything to change this world begins where you live. What this Nasa scientist from India does in his home country is so inspiring. Shah Rukh Khan and all involved in this film will someday truly have the appreciation and audience he so deserves for all of his new films. I thank God every single moment know for this journey I am on and it all begins with sharing the story. We all need to be in community together sharing our stories but this truly is the only way to world peace. I hope you think about this post long after you read it and I hope you watch this film.
“There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home”,
Kathy L. Murphy
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