Reflection On Rain Of Fire By Evan Thomas

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On September 9th, 2016 I was a passenger in rear-end car accident. At the young age of seventeen, I was ignorant, rebellious and negligent. At this time, I honestly believed that I knew it all and was always in the right; I would ignore anyone trying to guide me towards the right path or give me advice. As in the short story “Rain of Fire” by Evan Thomas, I would have never expected that a regular day could end up in such catastrophe. I learned not to trust those whom I have not gotten to know well enough. Presently, I wake up every morning feeling blessed to be alive another day. This experience has opened my eyes and helped me see all the positive aspects of life. As a result of this incident, I have come to the realization that I should …show more content…
On a day like any other, I brought my then current boyfriend home to meet my mother for the first time. She conversed with him trying to find a sense of comfort to allow me to go out with him. Upon her approval, we had gotten in the car and went on a casual date to the Outback steakhouse. Right away I noticed something off about his driving, he would speed at inappropriate times, stop late and make imprudent turns, almost hitting other drivers continuously. I brought this matter to his attention and even offered to drive, but my request was denied. Fearful for my life, I started crying and begging him to stop driving recklessly. He constantly repeated how great and experienced a driver he was and that he was only fooling around with me. Being the naive child I was I let it go and stayed in the car with him. The author of “Rain of Fire” writes “She left her Bloomfield, N.J., home at 7:40, a 40-minute delay that would end up saving her life.” (36) This directly relates to my experience being that like DiChiara, I expected to have a pleasant and normal day and the exact opposite …show more content…
My now Ex-boyfriend was looking at me and neglecting the red light in which we were approaching rapidly. The vehicle continued to roll down the hill, as I watched the crash unravel, unable to repeat anything but the words “Oh my god”. The next thing I know, my head hit the dashboard, the airbags had deployed and the car started smoking; We had crashed into the back of a minivan. He then made an illegal turn onto a one-way street and parked the wrecked car in a vacant driveway. Furious, he started yelling and punching the hood of the car blaming me for the car accident. As the police sirens sounded he ran away from the scene in fear and left me to fend for myself. At this point in time, I realized that he didn’t have a license and had been in trouble with the law before. Shortly after fleeing the police arrived and began questioning me. I wasn’t able to understand much of what they were asking me; At this time it had become even more apparent that something was off. Terrified in the back of the ambulance, I was rushed to the hospital to have my head assessed and the doctors diagnosed me with a concussion. In “Rain of Fire”, Evan Thomas states that DiChiara came across her co-worker Ari Schonbrun. They caught up and Dichiara said “I knew by the look on his face that it was bad.” and began to realize the severity of her injuries even starting to feel the pain.(38) Just like

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