Wednesday, July 16, 2008

lucky

On Monday I packed the kids into the van to drive to IKEA. Let it be known that my van is a piece. Also let it be known that Dave is a magician-slash-van whisperer who fixed a years-long problem with my van in a matter of hours. Other than its needing an oil change, I was confident in my van's ability to transport my family safely from here to there and back again.

The girls insisted we 'take the shortcut' (carpool lane), and whilst singing along to some song ("...-ella, -ella...") we noticed that the van was dinging at us -- you know, the you've-had-your-turn-signal-on-too-long ding. I checked the turn signal...I had turned it off, but it wasn't turning off. Immediately following this discovery, the a/c stopped working. In my genius, I decided to pull over and turn off the vehicle to start it up again -- because starting over ALWAYS works, right?

As soon as I turned the van off I got a sick feeling in my stomach. Kind of like the feeling you get when you see Kirby Heyborne in a beer commercial, but worse; to be specific, it's the feeling you get when you're mere inches to the right of the rumblestrips on the freeway, right before the point of the mountain, it's 90-something degrees, and you've got all five kids in your broken van.

Long story short: I thank Heaven for the following: AAA membership, cell service, the nice man named Joel, the fact that Joel is NOT a $erial k1ll3r, a husband who can leave work at a moment's notice to come rescue me, easy-going kids who are amused by the crickets jumping in the open van door and also amused by the way the van shakes EVERY TIME a truck drives by, a crapped-out alternator which is under warrantee, a new free alternator, and the IKEA children's playplace.

15 comments:

AzĂșcar said...

You were in spitting distance of IKEA. That's nuts. All that shopping time wasted...

Shar said...

Wow. You ARE lucky!

A friend of mine just told me tonight that she was driving 10 hours with her 4 kids (youngest only 3 months old) alone, at night in middle-of-nowhere New Mexico. Her car breaks down and she has to walk two miles with all 4 to the nearest exit. Her second oldest (who has a broken arm) says, "Hey Mom. At least I don't have a broken leg, right?"

I think Mom's are especially watched over. Thank goodness.

compulsive writer said...

Whew!

Tori :) said...

Wait. Wait. Wait. KIRBY is in a BEER commercial????

I'm so glad you were all safe!!! Being stuck on the side of the highway with kiddos is super scary. Been there, done that!

La Yen said...

Oh, Kari, what a disappointment you are! I'm glad you are safe and that you and the kids made it to Ikea. (And home again.) And Papi is truly awesome.

Emily said...

Oh Jenny! Yikes! I have been there, minus the point, the kids, the crickets...and well...I guess I haven't been there. But your description put me in the moment and made me laugh. I am sorry you had a hard time of it...but so glad you guys made it out okay. Thanks for letting me laugh and the horrible, yet funny, things in life with you.

sue-donym said...

Did you get to keep any of the crickets?


P.S. Really glad you are all safe.

Lindsey Whiting said...

Jenny, You are so good at telling a story, I love it! I'm sorry your van broke down, but wow you have an amazing positive view. Hope life is great...Texas is well, it's HOT.

Shelly said...

I am glad you got help and p.s. you are so brave to cross the point of the mountain with all 5 children in the van. You are a great mother.

ash said...

So glad you and your babies are safe.

I think mom's are especially watched over too.

Natalie said...

WOW! I am so glad that you are safe. To take ALL the kids out alone has to be a challange then add in the Van trouble! WOW is all I can think of.

Julie said...

Yikes! I'm glad you are all okay. That particular scenario is the stuff of my nightmares.

Julie said...

I should clarify: me and all of my children inside a broken down van on the side of the freeway is the stuff of my nightmares. Not the shopping at IKEA part.

Lyle said...

Hooray for the fix it man.

I thought for sure I was mistaken when I saw that commercial. Now you've confirmed it. That just stinks.

Geo said...

I'm envisioning you surrounded by all kinds of angels, of the AAA variety and of the sort that are harder to spot.