Walking Home From School

Naoma Moody

© Copyright 2023 by Naoma Moody

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
My sister and I had just finished our day at White School located in the country near Durand, Michigan.

There was nothing that stood out for this normal one-room school day with one teacher for grades K-7.

It was four o’clock and school had let out and we waited for Dad to give us a ride home. We waited for a while and then decided to walk home. It would be a mile and a half if we walked the road or take the Grand Trunk railroad tracks. It was going to be a long walk as there was a snowstorm, and the roads were slippery with few cars traveling Byron Road. I was about eleven and Pat was not quite ten around 1956.

The snow kept coming down and we soon reached the railroad tracks but didn’t know what to do as a long train had stopped and blocked the road. We finally decided to walk around the caboose. We could hear voices and were a little scared but eventually walked around the end of the train. To our surprise, Dad was talking to the caboose man. They talked and talked as Dad was a friendly outgoing person. When he finished and said goodbye, we started to walk home by way of the train track. The train had started to move again. As we walked along, I asked Dad, “Where’s the car?” He pointed to the ditch along the railroad fence about 300 feet from the road. There, parallel to the tracks was our 1949 chevy.

The accident happened when Dad was coming after us to school because of the snowstorm. As he was approaching the tracks, he heard the train whistles. He tried and tried to stop but the car kept sliding. Just as the car was going to cross the tracks, he opened the door and rolled out and the train crossed the road hitting the driver’s side of the car. Dad wasn’t hurt and it was reported in the Durand Express newspaper, but for me a memory never to be forgotten.

I grew up in Michigan. At almost 79, I enjoy recording my stories through the Write on Writers of People Plus in Brunswick, Maine.

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