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#5 Difficulties and Learning

Flat tire.

Flat tire. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Today I am going to try to be grateful for the difficulties in life.

 

Perfect example happened this morning.  We had the car checked yesterday to be sure it would be ready for a road trip over Thanksgiving.  It had been running rough and we needed to find the problem before we left.  We found a “bubble” in one of the tires that was about ready to blow.  Cash being a little low, my husband put the spare on and decided that would work for now.  He then ran off to an appointment.  He didn’t even make it there before the spare tire decided to blow.  He had not bothered to put the bad tire back in the car so he can’t do anything about being stranded on the side of the road.  Here is where the gratitude comes in.  Driving older cars, and previous difficulties have taught us to always carry towing and roadside assistance.  At least we knew enough to be somewhat prepared for this problem.   It would be miserable to not be able to learn from past problems.  And I guess I should be grateful that it blew out before we headed out on the road.

 

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.  May your holiday plans be blow-out free.

 

 

Trusty Rusty

We took our family on a trip this last weekend.  Finding a reliable vehicle for long road trips that will seat our large family without breaking the bank has been a struggle.  A few months back a generous family member was able to upgrade their vehicle and give us their old clunker, affectionately named “Trusty Rusty.”   Another relative even refers to him as the “Miracle Van.”

He’s not much to look at, and has a lot of mileage under his hood.  We drove him over 500 miles this weekend without a single problem.  I don’t know how, but he gets as good of gas mileage as our economy car of the same age.  It was wonderful to be able to be with family for their important event.