People Are More Important Than Cars

Several months ago, I got rear-ended on the Parkway. It was a bit of a surprise; the kids and I were at the light, three cars back, when suddenly we felt a significant jolt. Hmm. I pulled my car over to the side and cut the engine.

A woman got out of a silver Audi and came to my window.

“I’m so sorry,” she said. “I’m on new medication. Medication for anxiety. I don’t know what happened.”

“Oh,” I said. “That’s okay. Please don’t worry. It’s just a car. My kids are fine. It’s okay.”

The lady gave me her insurance information and I took down the make, model, and year of her car.

“I’m going to go home,” she said. “I don’t feel very well.”

“It’s okay,” I said. “Really. I understand. It’s no problem.”

“I have anxiety, too,” I added.

“You do?” she asked, looking directly at me.

“Yes,” I said. “And I understand. It’s fine.”

Well….I temporarily covered the damage by slapping a removable Jazzercise bumper sticker over it. A month later, I called my insurance company, her insurance company, and met with the adjuster for her insurance company. Several more months later, just today, we finally got an estimate from our own local body shop. Surprisingly, their estimate came in at over $100 less than the one conducted by her insurance company.

So, no biggie. I don’t care about a dent and damage to my bumper (although it was cool coming out $100 ahead on the whole thing.) I agree with George, who has always maintained that “Cars aren’t important. People are.”

What I care about is the woman who hit me. She was quiet, sad, and somewhat out of it at the time. I hope she is doing and feeling better now.


  1. I like this, Jen. And the symbolism of the stickers over the dent is awesome. It’s like saying, “Jazzercise will help with those little dents in your life.” :)

    • Thank you, D! Very interesting connection, too! Of course, I agree. It’s amazing how a little Jazzercise helps with everything. Hearing the music and moving around, plus having the friendships and the laughs really does do wonders. And thanks for the heads up on the new routine DVD coming out this weekend! They come so fast they take me by surprise all the time! :)

  2. Jen, You are so very right! That is one of the reasons I love you so much — you just get it! If only everyone could have such a fresh perspective and wonderful priorities.

    • That’s so sweet of you to say. I just figure that things can always be so much worse! George has always extended me so much grace when it comes to things like that, I enjoy being able to extend it myself when given an opportunity. And the ironic thing is that since I actually came out $100 ahead on the incident, I went ahead and got my car all detailed. Then, the guy who detailed it said since the G35 was his favorite car, he went above and beyond what I paid for and now it looks like I have a brand new car!

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