I had an episode last week that I haven't had the energy to blog about but it's a bit funny and even more I must express my appreciation to another angel that came in the form of a Cal Trans worker.
As you can see, my window is down because we have no air conditioning in the van right now. The compressor seemingly blew up with black smoke pouring into the van. I am currently debating whether or not to get it fixed because I am not convinced that it is a true "need" when we are trying so hard to be able to afford to bring home the twins. It has been a mild summer though, so if we have very many 100+ degree days my resolve may change.
Okay, so as I said I was driving down the road when all of a sudden I heard a loud explosion and the van began to careen sideways as I struggled to keep control and steer it over to the side of the road. Thankfully, there was minimal traffic and I was successful at getting to the roadside. With a brief glance in the rear view mirror, I saw chunks of of my tire flying down the road behind me.
As my heart pounded, I sat for a second in stunned disbelief. Absent mindedly, I reached up to smooth my hair that was in all states of craziness from driving with the window down. I went straight back into panic mode once again as I felt that there was something in my hair....was it a bug.....a HUGE bug?!? I snatched whatever it was and threw it! Any ideas on what it was?
A chunk of the blown up tire! The children and I have a joke now about the new fashion trend that I could start!
So my tire was beyond flat and was beyond destroyed. I could literally see the cloth or whatever it is that is under the rubber!
He was not only willing to help but he also joked around to make me feel better. He lifted up his foot to show his shoe which had the sole literally hanging off. He told me that his shoe and my tire looked about the same! LOL! I took this pic hoping to illustrate this point but unfortunately I got the wrong shoe!
So, he finished and I meekly offered him the only thing I had in the van.
"Ummm, I bet you are thirsty, would you like some apple juice?" (It was unopened, I promise!)
He laughed and said that he already had something to drink. Then he said that the way he looked at it was that someday his wife might be stranded somewhere with a flat tire, and that maybe my husband would be willing to help her out. I thanked him heartily for his help and headed back on my way. Yet another angel placed in my path that literally helped me continue on.
I love family dinners and agree that it is so important that we take the time to eat together as a family. We get off course every time I am pregnant and end up on bed rest. We all end up eating upstairs in our bedroom because the children want to be with me *and* they like to watch tv while they are eating. It gets to be a hard habit to break since it is also more convenient with a frequently nursing and sleeping baby. But, Eleanor is two and I am glad to be back at the table and having lively conversations rather than glazed over expressions staring at the tv.
I hope to talk about this further because it also suggested some good ideas for ways to do family dinner on college campuses as well. Great website and very inspirational....check it out!