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Simple misunderstanding, I'm sure. "Pirkle truck" does sound very much like "purple truck."
But still... that little flash of memory had me headed toward plowing right through his grill. And that was disturbing enough that I had to pull off on the next road and get myself together to finish driving home. I was truly scared that my mindlessness was going to cause real bodily harm, or even death, to someone. Maybe even me.
These are the kind of things that make driving exhausting! I feel like I have to keep an iron grip on the steering wheel and have a constant stream of self-talk reminding me to keep my eyes on the road and not on trees, junk, road kill, advertising signs or whatever might be off to the side.
My therapist, his name is Tom and I guess I should start calling him that because it's easier to type and... it is his name... Tom thinks I'm still over-thinking about mindlessly letting the dogs out in the yard together and causing that huge bloody fight and that's making me read too much into a simple mistake. He said more experiences that turn out ok along with time and self-permission to simmer down the hyper-vigilance about it will show me that it's ok to forgive, forget and move on with life. I hope so! It would be so nice for something to feel normal and right again.