Bumper Buddies

20150531_191832 (1)My entire car jolted and pushed forward. I looked into the rearview mirror just in time to see several other cars jolt to a sudden stop. The last one hit the hardest and vanished in a puff of smoke as the hood peeled up.

Shaking, I pulled to the side and got out. The car that rear ended me was in slightly worse shape than mine. A line of about six cars lined up behind us, crushed bumper to bumper. The girl behind me got out of her car, apologizing and near tears.

In this moment, and all moments like these, there is a choice: burn or build. I chose to build, and we gave each other a shaky hug and expressed gratitude that no one seemed hurt.

A Myers 1After the craziness had subsided we took the chance to get to know each other. Turns out my ‘bumper buddy’ is a talented A myers 3jewelry artist named Adrienne Myers. Her work is an eclectic mix of steampunk and mythic undertones with lots of texture and life crafted into them.

She sells her work in local shows and galleries preferring the human element over selling via shops like Etsy. “I have forsaken the online medium in favor of selling things face-to-face,” she says.

We friended each other on Facebook and took the time to make a commemorative selfie of our accidental meeting. Who knew I’d meet such an interesting person on my way home?

You can never go wrong when you choose build over burn.

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher and author. Her first collection of poetry, In Favor of Pain, was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. Her latest novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist. Currently, she publishes Space and Time magazine, a 53 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit SpaceandTimeMagazine.com or AngelaYSmith.com.
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