|Thankful that this guy was kept safely inside his vehicle.|
Today I’m thankful for the nail in my tire. What?!? Yes, it’s going to be a pain in the neck to get it fixed today-in the rain. Yes, it’s money I will have to spend that was not in the budget on this already tight month. But, yesterday I was running around like a headless chicken enrolling and transferring and un-enrolling my kid from three different schools in about 57 minutes (more on that later) then trying to get all the errands that I had planned for that time squeezed in to my remaining 43 minutes before preschool ended. Needless to say, I was a bit distracted.
So when I traveled 20 minutes to the grocery store that has the cheapest prices, on The Parkway, with preschooler in tow, I could have ended up stranded with a flat tire. But I didn’t. I made it there fine and it wasn’t until I rolled down my window to enjoy the spring-like day (also thankful for that!) that I noticed the tell-tale, click, click, click. I got out, filled with dread. What the heck would I do? I know how to change a tire and have even done it on the side of the road. But I also know from experience I can not loosen the lug nuts on this car even when I put the entire weight of my body into it. My husband works two hours away (for the record, I don’t think he can move the lug nuts either). My “car guy” has a shop 50 minutes in the other direction.I’m still not familiar enough with this area to know another car place close-by. My in-laws were moving at that very minute and I wasn’t sure of my AAA status. Had we paid this year? What the heck was I going to do?
Luckily, I didn’t see anything alarming. It didn’t appear that the tires were flat. I did notice that morning the front tire was a little low but it looked the same in the grocery parking lot so I assumed no more air had escaped. I got in the car and started sweating. I held my breathe and crossed my fingers for the entire ride home.
For 20 minutes.
With preschooler in tow.
In a car filled with groceries.
Guess what? We made it. We even made it to school one of three to pick up The Girl.
Then I parked it, made plans to take it to be repaired today and thanked my lucky stars that nail kept the air in for the entire day so we could safely do our business.
Maybe today’s thanks isn’t entirely for the nail. Maybe, it’s for the gift of perspective.
*Today if you have time, check out the my review site. There is a new feature where you can click on a CBS news story and today’s story about credit cards and weight gain is quite interesting. Hmmm…:)
**OH my gosh! I have to tell you that as soon as I hit “publish” on the following post a shelf fell in my kitchen smashing a few ceramic canisters and a crystal fruit bowl and scattering spices all over my kitchen. A little more difficult to find perspective on that but I did think, “thank goodness I got up early today. Imagine if I had to wake up to this mess. Also, thank GOD I didn’t fill that canister with flour yesterday. Holy mess!” See, it’s all perspective.;) ***
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