She Was Grace Under Pressure


Recently on Interstate-90, just south of where I live, a woman named Heidi Conner was cruising along in her minivan with her kids.

As she drove underneath an overpass, a deer came crashing through her windshield. Witnesses confirmed it had jumped OFF of the overpass.

Yes. It dropped in from the sky. Kind of.

In a state of shock and without a rear-view mirror (the now-dead deer was probably wearing it like a tiara) she managed to cross three lanes of traffic to the side of the road where she pulled over. Safely.

The deer grazed her shoulder and arm when it came through her windshield; her 13-year-old suffered cuts from the shattered glass. But for the grace of God and a whole pot of luck, that crazy deer landed in between her and her son who was riding shotgun. Her two kids in the backseat were blessedly unharmed.

I mean, consider how much worse the situation could have been if that deer was still alive and kicking, or if it hadn’t landed smack in between the two front-seat passengers. Awful. Terrifying. She was lucky, in a twisted sense of the word.

Let’s ponder this for a minute, shall we?

You’re tooling along the interstate at a not-slow rate of speed when something lands on your windshield and suddenly Bambi’s mom is an uninvited third-party in the middle of your car.

What would YOU do?


Me? I’m a bit of a nervous Nelly.  A bit reactionary.

Ok, I’m totally high-strung.  I am NOT grace under pressure.

Hell, the other night while I was cleaning the grill, mosquitos were diving bombing me, and I was swatting at them wildly.

With a large metal grill brush in my hand.

I may or may not have hit myself several times with the grill brush, and covered my nice white shirt with grungy smudges from the blackened grill.

It wasn’t a pretty sight.

So to consider what I would do as I’m blasting down the highway in my swagger wagon, singing loudly along with the radio when all of a sudden a deer jumps into my front seat from above?  I’m sure there would be a lot of “Holy Sh*t” and the like shouted as I slammed on the brakes – not something you want to do in the fast lane going 70 65 mph.  I’d be freaking. The. Heck. Out.

Even in shock, I don’t know if I would safely navigate to the side of the road.   As a mom, I hope I would remain calm and in control, but the reality is I would probably freaking out. I’m a little more like Kepner in “Grey’s Anatomy” or Monica Geller in “Friends”. Or even a little Chandler Bing, for that matter.

Heidi Conner, on the other hand – her response time was phenomenal.

In a state of shock or not, she was grace under fire. I could only hope to have that kind of reaction in the face of a dangerous situation.

She’s the kind of gal I want to have MY back in a zombie apocalypse, or at least on Black Friday at WalMart.

Yep, I want her on my team.

But until then, I might stick to the middle lane for a while.

And you know I’ll be looking upwards, ever watchful for dive-bombing deer.

Safe travels, people.

(And, seriously – what do you think you would do in this situation? I wanna know!)


  1. Wow! That is crazy! Thank goodness everyone is ok! And wow what are the odds that the deer would land in-between them! Lucky! She should go play lotto! Have a great day! xoxo

    • I know! If that deer was still alive and kicking, or if had landed only inches either way, it could have had a totally different ending.

      My kids would definitely learn some new words in that situation. Ha.

  2. What a story. SInce I have NEVER had such a thing happen to me, I have no idea how I would react! Hope I never have to find out!

  3. I can’t bear to think what I would do if I had someone in the car, but I’m pretty sure if I were alone, I’d fall out of the car, run straight into the highway, probably get run over by an eighteen wheeler and wind up meeting the deer in Heaven. No, really? No freaking idea how I’d handle that, but later that night there would be drinks involved.

  4. Wow. I can’t even imagine that one. I have no idea what I’d do. I am sure I would have panicked. And said a lot of choice words. Amazing that they came out that nearly unharmed.

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