This Something New wasn't something I tried or learned, but rather something that happened.
I ran over an animal.
In my defense, it was dark, and I honestly didn't see anything until it was at my front driver's side tire and by that time, it was too late to react. I didn't even have time to slam on the brakes.
It made an awful thump. I don't think I'll ever forget that sound as long as I live.
I'm not sure if it was a cat, a squirrel or a bunny. I'm going to go with the squirrel though, because I hate the idea of killing someone's cat.
Actually, I'm not even sure if I killed it, because there was a car behind me with its lights on, and I didn't see anything in the road.
Or in my undercarriage.
I think I'm rationalizing.
Anyway, both girls were with me. I told them I hit a big branch.