I was driving home from dropping P. off at school. The air outside was crisp (-5C) but it was warm inside the car and I was just a few blocks away from home. The radio was keeping me company and the song "Alive" by Edwin was playing as I pulled up to a pedestrian crosswalk in an intersection.
As I'm waiting to make my turn through the crosswalk, Edwin sings out Ain't it good to be alive and this woman walks out into the street: 30-something, blond hair, three-quarters length dress jacket, a tall coffee in her hand steaming away ... my turn signal is clicking on-off, on-off as she walks in front of my car.
And then she just collapses .. crumples over like a switch had been turned off inside her.
Straight down she went onto the pavement in a heap, her coffee hitting the ground and spraying everywhere. It was thick and white with cream (a cappuccino?). She lay face down in the coffee puddle explosion, not moving.
Ain't it good to breathe the air, Another spin around the sun...
One of her legs was twitching very slightly, but otherwise not a sign of life. The turn signal continues to click inside the car as traffic stopped so as not to run her over. People got out of their cars and ran over to help her. Thankfully there were people with some medical knowledge who started to checked her over. Calls were placed to 9-1-1, the paramedics were on their way.
On this spec of light in the universe, A little peace of love in everyone
She didn't move at all the whole time. I thought, "I hope it was 'just' a seizure and not something even more serious. Like a heart attack, a stroke, ..." Since there were other more capable people already on the scene, I moved my car out of the way as soon as it was safe to and continued on home.
Aint it good to be alive, To feel the sun strong against your face
Yes it is good to be alive. Fragile as we are, we never really know how long we have left. Right now, it's time for me to go find someone I haven't said "Hi" to or hugged in a while and fix that.