After I first left dwelling for faculty, my mom was an actual stickler about security. I am unable to actually matter all of the lectures I endured about security, that, whereas properly which means, weren’t actually topics I used to be terribly all for as I left dwelling for the primary time. Of specific non-interest on my agenda had been the numerous classes about driving security. Mother favored to drone on and on about how I ought to all the time preserve my automobile well-stocked with emergency gadgets equivalent to flashlights and blankets as a result of “you may by no means inform what’s going to occur.” I ignored such recommendation, however earlier than I left dwelling, Mother made positive to inventory my automobile with loads of blankets within the trunk and a surefire flashlight, streamlight flashlight, two led pelican flashlights, and a mini maglite saved within the glove compartment (together with all the suitable batteries.)
I rolled my eyes, however by no means bought round to clearing out the glove compartment. As life has a manner of doing, finally, my mom’s phrases got here again to hang-out me on the night time that my mini maglite saved my life!
I used to be driving down an previous nation highway (one in all many within the nice Midwest) late one night time after a celebration, and to my nice irritation and shock, I had a flat tire. Pulling over the aspect of the highway, I cursed my luck, and opened my glove compartment. I had little selection however to take heed to Mother’s knowledge this time round, for the reason that nation highway lacked any avenue lights. Wanting by means of the alternatives, I lastly picked the mini maglite, primarily as a result of it was the closest. Testing the batteries, I opened my door and stepped out into the aspect of the highway.
I might had the misfortune to have my flat tire on a bit of highway that stretched between two forested areas. I figured since I used to be on a reasonably deserted piece of highway, it could be simpler and faster to easily change the tire myself, reasonably than wait round on roadside help.
I walked nonchalantly again in the direction of the trunk of the automobile, and after I was about six inches from the trunk, the sunshine from my mini maglite picked up on the unmistakable brown and black markings of the timber rattlesnake.
Timber rattlesnakes are uncommon on this specific a part of the Midwest, and it would not have even have dawned on me to verify for any sort of snake, had I not had my trusty flashlight sidekick in my palms.
Backing rigorously and slowly away, as to not disturb the snake, I opened the door and bought again into my automobile. I used my cellular phone to name for the roadside help I had been cautious of earlier than.
It took the sort individuals a great hour to search out me, and the entire time, all I may marvel is what if I had truly been bitten by that snake? Would they’ve taken that lengthy to search out me, whereas the rattlesnake’s venom took its toll on my physique?
I am sure they might have, and for that cause, I’m optimistic that my mini maglite saved my life.