Sunday, July 29, 2007

Arthur Ravenel Bridge

Very few people know that I have a phobia of bridges. Ok, it's not the actual bridge I fear, it's going over the side and not being able to get all of my children out and up. I've actually contemplated having the children all wear life jackets when I know we're going over a bridge. I have horrible nightmares about bridges. I do drive over some bridges, though still wearily. The Mark Clark and the draw bridge from West Ashely to downtown I drive often. I'm fine doing over the drawbridge since I stay in the middle lane.

Before the old cooper river bridges were torn down, I drove over them once. That's right ONCE. And only because Jimmy made me. My fear was so great that I refused to look anywhere but straight ahead, I gripped the steering wheel so tight my knuckles were white and I barely breathed. If I had to go to Mt. Pleasant for any reason, I drove out of my way via the Don Holt bridge. Yeah I don't like that one either, but it was a lot wider than the cooper river bridges.

So this evening, we decided to go for a drive. When we go for drives, who ever is in the passenger seat navigates. Jimmy announced we were going to go over the new bridge. I said, "Before we go, can we go to Walmart and get life jackets for the kids?" I was serious, but he took it as a joke.

So we make our way downtown heading for the bridge. As we started off on the bridge, my heart started racing, my hands gripped the steering wheel tightly and I bit my lip. But I made it! Jimmy checked my pulse after we got into Mt. P. I did look to the side a couple of times, but only for a few terrified moments. It really wasn't as bad as the old bridges. I stayed in one of the middle lanes, of course. LOL I did drive back over it to come home. And even though my heart was still racing, I didn't bite my lip. Still gripped the steering wheel tightly though. LOL

I don't think I want to go over again anytime soon though. That was a long ride over! I am proud of myself though. I didn't have a panic attack like I did in a dream. (Though the old bridges were involved in that nightmare.)


JanetLee said...

I'm with you, girl. I hate driving the bridges. I didn't go to Mt. Pleasant for at least 10 years until they built the Don Holt bridge. I still haven't driven over the Ravenel Bridge and am in no hurry to do so.

I'm so bad that all my cars have had manual windows so I could still roll them down to get out if I went over the side. I was very upset that my new car didn't even come with that option!

A friend used to keep a pair of scissors taped under her daughter's car seat so she could just cut the straps in an emergency!

Ami said...

I don't like bridges, either, but I drive over them as necessary. There are lots of them here. You can't go anywhere on the other side of town without crossing one.
I used to get a lot more nervous, but necessity has made me calmer.

Last baby was born downtown, had to cross the BIG one once a month, then once a week for awhile.


Sunnie (Kaytee) said...

Ami, I have to cross the drawbridge at least once a month for Jackson's doctor's visits. I'm fine with that one. It's a short bridge and I stay in the middle lane. LOL

Sunnie (Kaytee) said...

LOL JanetLee. I prefer the Don Holt bridge also. I still get nervous driving over it though. And good idea on the scissors. Thanks for the idea. I'm definitely going to do that. My windows are already manual so no worries there.

Margo said...

You made it out (or should I say "over") alive! LOL

Sunnie (Kaytee) said...

LOL Margo, I did make it over alive. ANd I'm quite proud of it. :)