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Monday, December 26, 2011

Stuff Your Stocking Blogfest: Minnette Meador

by Minnette Meador

I stared out at the winter scene through my windshield, listening to my three-year-old whimpering next to me. It was Christmas Eve. The twins bundled in the back seat added their own crescendo of noise. I was crying too.

It was cold. Twenty degrees may not seem like a lot when you're snug in a seventy decree house, but sitting on the side of the road in a dead car with three screaming kids was murder. I was contemplating it.

Paul had stumbled to my bed to snuggle around 2am. He was burning up. 104 degrees and I gathered the entourage and dumped everyone in the car. It was the eighties and single moms were all the rage. Man, was I broke. Childcare was eating up more than half of my income and a severe winter was not helping matters. My car had no tags, no insurance, and probably wasn’t street legal (thanks to DEQ regulations), but this was an emergency. I didn’t call 911. I think in the panic I didn’t even think of it. All I could see through the parental tunnel vision was hopping into the car and driving to the hospital.

The car died about half way there.

I pulled Paul into my lap and rocked him to keep him warm. The twins were bundled in enough blankets to warm the inside of an igloo. They finally settled down when Paul stopped crying and I searched what I could see of the deserted road for a solution to our dilemma.

There were no such things as cell phones back in those days. Rich people had mobile phones in their cars, but the rest of us didn’t. I scanned the terrain and there were only houses, darkened buildings, and silver ice on the lawns and streets. I took stock.

There is nothing so clear in your mind than finally reaching the realization, too late, that you should have made a different decision. Hindsight is always glaringly clear. After letting that thought fry my brain for a bit, I reviewed by alternatives: 1) I could knock on the door of the nearest house (about a block away) and ask for help, but I had three children in the car, twins aged 1 ½ and a three-year-old. None of them had coats or boots on and the triple stroller sat on the porch of my duplex because mom was in such a rush to get to the hospital she literally scooped and ran. 2) Leave the kids in the car and run to the house to get help, hoping nothing would happen to my kids. Just not an option. 3) Try to carry all three. Not in a million years.

I ran my hand over Paul’s forehead and pulled in a shaking breath. He was still so hot and now he was getting lethargic.

Religion is a very private thing for me. Because of that I do not discuss my religious beliefs with anyone… and I mean anyone. However, on that night, in that hour, I adopted them all. I closed my eyes and prayed to any god who would listen to me.

Before I was even done a cascade of beautiful blue and red lights filled the interior of the car. The wailing voice of an angel startled the twins awake and they bawled. Paul stirred in my arms and smiled up at me. I thought they had come for all of us.

Instead, there was a tapping on the window and a bright light filled my eyes. I rolled down the window in bliss, not really caring who it might be. I was just so happy to see someone!

“Hello, Miss.” The voice was deeply masculine. “Are you all right?”

He lowered the flashlight and I saw a gleaming badge on his pocket. His rugged kind face stared down at us and I couldn’t stop the happy tears from flowing.

I spilled the story out in one long wintry breath and he helped me get the kids into his patrol car. I don’t remember if it was a hundred or two hundred times I thanked him, that night and later in a letter to the department.

On the short ride to the hospital Paul sat on my lap his face lit up like Christmas. He chattered non-stop until we reached the emergency room. And, of course, by the time we got in to see the doctor, he was perfectly fine.

In this time of financial turmoil it is difficult sometimes to remember there are so many things to be thankful for. I had a boss once who used to be a nurse. Whenever there was a major disaster or things went terribly wrong, she would turn to me and ask, “Did anyone die?” It always calmed me down.

Happy Holidays to everyone. May you find your own strength in adversity and your own bliss in hopeful times.


Minnette Meador is a multi-published author who lives in Portland, Oregon with one slightly used husband, a black cat formerly known as Spook, and a 4 lb. poodle. The poodle, Pierre, pretty much runs the show. Facebook - Twitter - Web SiteBlog - Contact Minnette - Amazon Author Page

Watch for her newest thriller, THE BELLE STALKER, available now in Kindle, Nook, and all other eBook formats:

an urban fantasy thriller
by Minnette Meador

For a year, Belle Stark has struggled to conquer fears plaguing her since being attacked by a maniac who continues to roam free and the murder of her father. And she nearly succeeds, until she discovers her lover's mutilated body spread over the furniture, making Belle a prime suspect. Certain her attacker is to blame, she seeks help from her ex-husband, homicide detective Mike Cranston, the one person she swore she would never let back into her life, or heart. In their hunt for answers, the two uncover more than a lunatic: a supernatural underworld hidden beneath the tall skyscrapers of the city and a secret that could kill them both. Faced with a terrible choice, Belle surrenders herself to the hands of a monster and Mike must solve an ancient mystery before it's too late to save her---


booklover0226 said...

Hi, Minnette.

Thank you for sharing such a wonderful story. I, too, had a co-worker who would ask me the same question. It does have a calming effect, doesn't it?

May you and yours have a wonderful holiday season.

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

wanda f said...

Happy Holidays thank you for sharing your story today .Im looking forward to reading the belle stalker it sounds great .

Dawn said...

Your story was very touching.I am so glad everything ended up well!! Happy Holidays!!

Jean P said...

Happy Holidays! Thank you for sharing your story. Glad everything turned out well.

skpetal at hotmail dot com

Cathy M said...

You were blessed with a Christmas miracle that j
night. Thanks for sharing you story with us.

Wishing you all the blessings of the new year.

caity_mack@Yahoo dot com

Debby said...

That question does put things into a perspective. Debby236 at gmail dot com

Catherine Lee said...

Hi Minnette...I thought I posted a comment to this earlier today. Is this a true story? What a harrowing experience! For that help to come along when you needed it really was good luck, a miracle, or some other divine intervention...whatever you want to call it.


Mountain Laurel said...

Cool story! Brought to mind a Holiday miracle that happened to us a few years ago...thanks you for sharing it!

shadow_kohler said...

Happy holidays Lady! Hope your Christmas was awesome! Have a wonderful night!

Yami Neko said...

Hope you had an awesome Christmas Minnette!! You've had some real awesome life experiences and some terrifying. But its made you into an awesome person.


Frank said...

Thank you for sharing that special Christmas angel with us, Minnette! Hoping your celebrating this year was merry and memorable!

--flchen1, using DH's account
f dot chen at comcast dot net

Patti P said...

I am looking forward to reading The Belle Stalker.
Thanks for the post.
musicalfrog at

Minnette Meador said...

I am so sorry I didn't get over here sooner to comment. We lost our little dog on Monday and it's been a bit of a crazy couple of days... but he's in a much better place now and I'm slowly getting things back to normal...

Hi, Tracey! I've always loved that phrase and think of it when I think things are overwhelming. I hope you and yours had a wonderful holiday.

Thanks, Wanda!

Thanks, Dawn!

Me too, Jean!

To you too, Cathy.

It does, Debby. Thanks so much for coming over!

This is a true story, Catherine. Sometimes I think I do have an angel watching over us.

You'll have to share that story, Laurel! Have a wonderful new year.

You too, Shadow! Thanks so much for following along with us.

I had a great Christmas, Yami. You are very sweet.

Thanks, Frank! I hope the same for you!

I hope you enjoy it, Patti! Have a great new year!

Thanks to everyone for coming over and enjoying the Stuff Your Stocking Blogfest! Make sure to visit all the amazing authors here! Minnette ;o)

VampedChik said...

Thank you so much for sharing! Love the cover. Going on my wishlist.