Not posted on here for a while but have had a strange experience and would like some thoughts on it
As I have mentioned before my youngest son has autism and attends a school that specialises in a wide range of differing abilites. I had attended his progress meeting and as it finished close to to the end of the school day had decided to take him out the 20 or so minutes early, walk into the nearby town and treat him to dinner as he had gotten an excellent review.
The school is set back from quite a busy road and so obviously there is a crossing available for safety and I always use it as there is traffic coming in both directions and is always busy and fast moving.
I also encourage my son to use it as due to his differing perceptions he doesn't comprehend dangerous situations and I'm constantly drilling road safety into him, using the crossing, looking both ways etc.
Anyway, we pressed the button to stop the traffic, as I always do I was holding his hand and coaching him, " what do we wait for?" " the green man!" "yeah! Thats right we do!" Cue the green man, it flashes up and a loud beeping sound let's us know we are safe to walk across.
As we are crossing the second half of the road, I look to my left to see a car coming towards us faster than it should be, it's not stopping for the lights, my son is on my left side, it's going to hit him. I can feel panic rising in my chest, I can't breathe, there is not a thing I can do, too late to run and no way to go to either side to avoid it.
Then suddenly out of nowhere I feel a breeze lift my hair and suddenly I feel totally calm, almost protected (yes I know how strange that sounds!) , I really can't explain it because seconds before my heart was pounding I was terrified and convinced we were going to be mown down.
But no, the car stops just before hit hits my legs, wait, my legs? Where is my son?!
I look to my right and there he is, looking up at me and smiling! I don't remember moving him to that side at all!
I'm having a "what just happened moment" when my attention is drawn to the driver who is leaning out of his window yelling at me and asking if I "bleeping" know how to cross a "bleeping" road as I'm obviously "bleeping" sight impaired (quite a charming individual) .
Usually by now I would have been trying to hold my temper and not respond negatively due to my son being present, but I still felt really calm, I just pointed up to the green man still shining brightly and said " why yes, I do!"
The driver looks up, turns pale and then quickly drives around us and speeds off!
I quickly steer my son to the other side of the road and people from other vehicles surround us checking we are ok and others try and remember the licence plate number but everyone was in shock at what they had just witnessed.
Suddenly my feeling of calm disappears and my legs turn to jelly, everyone around us is telling us we are lucky to be alive, they thought we were going to be killed, and I have to admit I'm not sure how we are stood there unharmed!
An older gentleman pats me on the shoulder and says " well young lady, someone was watching over you today! "
Later on I started thinking about it, could he have been right? Was someone, some thing, watching over us? I remembered the sudden feeling of total calm and protection that came over me, the fact my son was suddenly on my right when I know he was on my left side initially and I have no recollection of him moving, or moving him myself, did I just do it instinctively and not realize?
I'm not sure, it happened so quickly but it seemed at the time that everything was in slow motion.
Was it just luck? A guardian angel perhaps? I welcome any thoughts on this!