I had a car once that didn’t like me. It kept having little things go wrong with it. One of the worst things (that I ended up just settling with as my ex wouldn’t do anything about it) was the windshield. In the winter you had to wait at least 15 minutes for the window to clear… on the inside. Sometimes if I left too early or even after a long wait it would still frost or fog over again. This would make a trip to the school with my daughter an adventure as the sun was just rising out of the east in the direction we were headed. In the warmer weather it would often fog over, especially if it was raining. I began to carry a squeegee in my car to hit my side of the windshield to see when I was driving. It was such a pain. I am just very lucky that the lack of vision never caused an accident. Have you ever adapted to a problem that never got fixed?
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – squeegee
I was a normal teenager… ok, there is no “normal” for a teenager, true. But I was thrilled to take Drivers Ed to get my driver’s license; I even took the course through summer school so when October rolled around I would be ready. It didn’t go quite as I planned.
All throughout Drivers Ed I drove a small economy car. And I didn’t do any “practice” driving at home. By the time I had completed the course I was pretty comfortable with that little car. Then it was a 2 1/2 month wait until I could take my drivers test. In Iowa at the time it was a lottery system as to which people would have to take a driving test and which wouldn’t. I was a lucky one picked (because they picked October birthdays). When it came time to practice I panicked – mom and dad had a station wagon. It was like a boat, HUGE, going on forever behind me. I couldn’t drive that beast. So, somehow I talked my sister into taking her car – an Oldsmobile of some kind.
I passed my written test and got ready for the driving test… I failed it. I forgot to signal on a road that took a sharp right (the only way to go, but still a “turn”) and my turns were too wide. So I practiced a little bit with my sister’s car before she protested too much. I did take the test again and passed.
But, then what? It was back home to that land mass of a car that I couldn’t drive. Then the tables turn. Dad wanted to get a car that was not a family vehicle. He got a Pontiac Firebird. Suddenly I thought more about driving and finally wore him down and started driving… this was when I was a senior in high school; two years after I could have gotten my license. I loved that car!
I was a late bloomer behind the wheel but I finally got comfortable driving. Now in my battle with anxiety I have issues in heavy traffic and will not take the interstate at 70 mph, instead taking the highways at the slower 55 mph. And I still won’t drive a big car!
This is February and I am well on my way to attaining a goal I set for myself. I am trying to post every day with happiness and gratitude that I have encountered that day. There is always something no matter how small it may seem that we can be grateful for and even just a shared smile can make you happy if only for a moment. Please try to find those moments for yourself too… if you’re up to it I would love if you would share them too in the comments or your own blog. Being aware can really turn a day around!
The weather today was still Spring like, only a rainy Spring day. That is ok though, it has been a pretty dry winter around here so we will take it. And I would much rather have a little rain than a lot of snow.
We had indoor plans for the day anyway. My car was once again making a loud ticking noise and we had an appointment at the auto garage to have it fixed. It was like the same sound it had made in the fall when I took it in and it was a part that they had to remove part of the dash to get to … nearly a $400 bill but covered under the extended warranty so it was free. My warranty is now expired but the bill was less as it was an easier to fix part this time.
So I am happy to have my car back and to have it quiet again. I am grateful the bill was almost $100 less than I expected too. It is amazing how much we rely on our cars to get us from point a to point b. We really learn how much we usually use them when they are not around to be used.
I am so excited and back into a more comfortable place… I got my car back from the body shop. I don’t know about you but I find it a little hard to get used to another car. The basic idea of driving is the same for all cars but wipers, cruise control and lights are different in all of them. It took me two days to find the off button on the radio (not that I actually wanted it off, just wanted to know). The gas petal was very receptive to the slightest of touch. Where mine has a stiffer feel to it. The brakes were about the same. But now I don’t have to worry about all the little quirks in the car as I have my Scarlet back… yes, it is a red car. LOL
After seeing Rent and fixing Thanksgiving dinner, my body revolted and I have been fighting some major fatigue. Forgive me for another late double day post.
Day 77 – Wow… today was a case of sticker shock. I took my car into the repair shop after the woman backed into me in the clinic parking lot. I was prepared for the estimate I thought, wrong. He got to the bottom line number to only have a door repaired and after he said, “One thousand…” I kind of blanked out before he added six hundred and sixteen. From that moment on I spent the rest of the day so happy I had car insurance to cover it!
Day 78 – This was a tough day. With the change in temperature outside and the level of activity recently I am fighting the pain today. But better than a heating pad is a cat that likes to cuddle and today my cat was feeling friendly. I think maybe she was feeling the increased cold in the air too. No matter why she was on my lap doesn’t matter, her warmth and love made me feel happy.