Received Friday, February 6, 2009
I got fired today. And this is the worst possible time for this to happen to me. My husband was laid off about a month ago and we've been barely surviving on my income and what he gets from unemployment.
I was in a car accident with my charges. I was sitting at a traffic light at the bottom of a bridge and the kids were screaming and playing too loud in the back of the car so I turned around to hush them so I could drive and my foot slipped off of the brake pedal. I lurched forward and hit the car in front of me. I made a little dent, maybe about a foot long, in the other car and my employers big SUV had a tiny, barely noticeable scratch in the bumper. And the worst part? The driver of the other car jumped out and ran over screaming at me and calling me "stupid" and a bunch of other horrible names right in front of the kids, scaring them so much they started crying.
I called the Police and they got there pretty quickly. They took down all of the information and I thankfully didn't receive a ticket, I think because he felt sorry for me, I don't know. I'm sure I looked pretty frazzled. The Police officer was really nice to us, and helped me calm the kids down. He said the damage to the other car was probably going to cost about $1000 but the scratch on the SUV should only cost about $200-$300.
The Mom completely flipped out, and I know I can't blame her. She let me go right there on the spot and I didn't even get to hug or say good-bye to the kids. I've been there for over a year and I know they thought very highly of me. Losing my job with them hurts because I love those kids so much and they were such a great family to work for. I want to call my employer, but I don't know what to say. I wish there was something I could do, I feel so awful about all of this, and even though we don't have the money, I want to offer to pay for the damages somehow. Please help me!