I’ve done some griping in my mind this week and it has all centered around my car.
It’s an older model and so things are starting to go wrong on a regular basis. Of late we have spent a lot of money to keep it going.
Earlier this week I had a luncheon date and then was heading to the office for a meeting.
I should have known things were going to be a bit of a challenge when I got in the car and my glasses fogged up. Not good. The next indication that all was not well was when I turned the key and the car didn’t start but a few lights flashed on and off.
Between this and the steamed glasses my good humor was already beginning a detour to the land of complaining. “I know what’s wrong,” I thought to myself. “It’s that fuse thing again.”
I popped the hood, took the cover off the fuse box and tried to see what I could see, despite my steamed spectacles. It was quite a warm sunny day but suddenly I felt rain upon my head. How could this be? Apparently, there was a lone cloud hovering above me.
There went my nicely done hair. I called my friend to tell her that I would have to take a rain check 🙁 for our lunch date at which point she informed me she hadn’t even remembered about it.
Since it was still drizzling I thought I would get back in the car and try to start it again.
But at least it stopped raining. Back out to try another fuse and, you guessed it, there is the darn raincloud again.
Able to borrow a hooligan’s car I made it to my work meeting on time.
This saga takes place over the next few days. I will spare you the details.
Suffice to say I got to see our friendly mechanic and his staff more than once this week. As I waited for it to be fixed today I pulled out my phone and decided to write my post. Oh great! Thankful Thursday and I’ve been thinking ungrateful thoughts much of the week.
This is where the rubber meets the road. (Pun intended).
I realized I need to turn this bad attitude around and come up with some things for which I’m grateful. One of the first things that came to mind?
WHAT?!?! I’ve been trying to think of all kinds of ways to get rid of the thing.
I made a list of reasons why I am grateful for my car.
- MOST of the time it gets me where I need to go.
- It’s paid for. No car payment.
- The AC works great. This is a huge deal to me!
- It’s a convertible. If I get caught under a rain cloud like the other day I can put the top down (once it stops raining) and blow dry my hair the natural way. It is not an enviable hair style but at least it’s dry.
- It looks like a preowned car so I don’t have to go through the hassle of owning a brand new car only to go through the ding and scratch process to give it that well loved look.
- Because of this gem I have personally met many of the tow truck drivers in town. I am on a first name basis with the mechanics and staff at the auto repair place. We extroverts can never have too many acquaintances, you know!
Some of that list, obviously, is in jest but I truly am thankful for my car. It is a frustrating thing when it doesn’t work but a wonderful convenience when it does.