However, when it was time to leave, I loaded the kids in Brian’s car and discovered it wouldn’t start. I turned the key and nothing happened. I couldn’t even get the key back out of the ignition. I was thinking to myself, “Great I broke Brian’s car!” The kids and I were stranded in the scorching heat and humidity far from home!
I called Joy and she came back to rescue us. She took the kids back to her air conditioned car while I figured out what to do. Joy called her husband at work and he came and brought their van to us. Joy took all the kids home and her husband took me to the car shop. We towed the car there. Yes, this is the same shop that my car was being fixed at. Now I had NO car!
When we were leaving the car shop the song by Daniel Powter “Bad Day” came on the radio. “‘Cuz you had a bad day. You’re takin’ one down…” It made me chuckle just a little. I mostly just wanted to cry, but that would have been too embarrassing.
I went back to Joy’s house where the kids were and tried to arrange a rental car. I am so grateful for these wonderful friends. They are awesome! I owe them BIG time!
After the rearender by the garbage truck, the city said they would pay for a rental if I needed it. I decided I needed it!! However, they didn’t have a car available until later in the afternoon around 3ish. So I spent most the afternoon on the phone working out details. When I talked to the car people I made sure they knew I needed a car that would fit 2 car seats and a trunk big enough for a stroller.
As a side note- I am Young Women’s president in our ward and it was mutual night! I was in charge of the activity. All the goods were back at my house! I was starting to feel completely discombobulated.
The car people called me to let me know that my rental car was ready for pickup. They tell me they got me a little tiny 2 seat convertible. Can you believe it?? This would have been a really fun car to drive, but what about the kids and that stroller??? Hmmm…..
They told me they would have to get a new car from another city. I had no choice but to wait. I finally got a rental and we got home just in enough time to snarf some “dinner” (you can’t really call it that because it was pathetic), and run out the door to mutual with the whole gang in tow.
To speed up a long and PAINFUL story….Brian’s car got back from the shop first. My car was done the following day looking shiny and new. I loaded the car seats into Brian’s car and buckled the kids in to run errands Saturday. I was planning to drive it for the weekend. However, even though the repair shop said they had fixed the problem with Brian’s car, I got in, turned the key, and NOTHING! It wouldn’t start AGAIN! Same story. NOTHING happened, and it ate the key again! Luckily I had my car, but back to the shop his car went.
Actually, back to the Cadillac dealer his car went this time. I decided to take it to the experts! However, our factory warranty ran out the VERY END OF JUNE! You have to be kidding me! Luckily we were smart and paid extra for an additional three year extended warranty, right? Nope! They ended up replacing two very major electrical computer parts in his fancy pants car, none of which were covered by our extended warranty somehow. The amount of work and time was hefty. I prepared myself for the bad news for how much it was all going to cost.
However, when I went to get the car the lady told me it was FREE! They called it a “Goodwill Warranty.” I nearly dropped dead. Are you kidding me??? ME??? But I’m the girl that NEVER gets a break lately! The car looks great and drives wonderful. I’m pretty sure I skipped out of the shop!
What made them have such pity and kindness? Was it the fact that two different older gentlemen dropped me off? One to give them the car, and another to pick it up. One of them was an Air Force colonel. Was it the fact that they realized my hubby was deployed??? Maybe they are just kind period.
Later that night I received a call from the lady in service. I thought to myself, “Oh great, they realized that they made a huge mistake and I really owe them $5,000.” Actually, she was wondering how I got home. She forgot to give me my keys. I had the spare on me and didn’t even realize it. Pretty funny.
When I picked the keys up the next morning I took the kids with me and they were shocked to find out that I also had two kids. The lady said she was really happy that they were able to help me out and it made her feel even better to know that I had two little ones.
Regardless of why this happened this way, I AM SO GRATEFUL! Heavenly Father was watching out for me after all.
President Thomas S. Monson talked a little about this in his last conference address:
“It would be easy to become discouraged and cynical about the future—or even fearful of what might come—if we allowed ourselves to dwell only on that which is wrong in the world and in our lives. Today, however, I’d like us to turn our thoughts and our attitudes away from the troubles around us and to focus instead on our blessings as members of the Church. The Apostle Paul declared, “God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
“None of us makes it through this life without problems and challenges—and sometimes tragedies and misfortunes. After all, in large part we are here to learn and grow from such events in our lives. We know that there are times when we will suffer, when we will grieve, and when we will be saddened. However, we are told, “Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.
“How might we have joy in our lives, despite all that we may face? Again from the scriptures: “Wherefore, be of good cheer, and do not fear, for I the Lord am with you, and will stand by you.“
How does that song go?? “Hold on, hold on, the light will come…”