One moment the road was clear, and the next...
The good news is my brakes work.
I can still see the hind legs of the huge buck as he passed my headlights with no room to spare. It all happened so fast. I know Annie shouted the warning, "Deer!" I know I hit the brakes without waiting to spot the animal for myself. And still, I'm completely amazed we didn't hit it.
"Thank you, God. Thank You, thank You, thank You...", I continued to murmur under my breath as my imagination took me down the road of what nearly happened.
Time to pull up some 'Deer Crossing' signs.
Earlier suspicions confirmed, our deer have a death wish. Before going anywhere, we always pray for safe trip with a prayer my mother taught me as child:
Our Lady of the Highway,
be with us on our journey,
for all thy ways are beautiful,
and all thy paths are peace.
Since living here we have added this prayer taught by Annie's Confirmation teacher:
the deer in the ditch,
and the car on the road.
I'm so glad Our Lord is listening.