today i was on the highway, on my way to pick up tashi from school, when suddenly our subaru loyale started to slow itself down. i knew that soon it was going to stop altogether. a little luck was on my side. a rest stop appeared before my very eyes. the car quit just as i pulled into a parking space. smoke started to billow from under the hood. i jumped out and headed for the payphones.
yes, it's true, i have no cell phone. but i did have $1.50 in coins. just enough to try and call dan (with no luck), to call information to find the phone number of tashi's school, and to call tashi's school.
lesson no. 1
memorize the phone number of your child's school. or carry the damn number with you at all times.
i tried to start the car, but it would not start.
our auto insurance has an 800 number, so i didn't need any coins to call that. the tow truck arrived about an hour later. i'm glad that the tow truck driver made me feel safe, because i generally don't like getting into vehicles with strangers. he was a nice guy. "i aint never been to michigan," he said, commenting on our license plate.
he drove me and my dead car to an auto shop near our home. i speed walked to my house and took our other beat up old vehicle up to crozet to pick up tashi. it was 5:00 by the time i got there. it's a good thing her school has after care.