Trouble Averted

Rock and a penny for size.

Rock and a penny for size.

You say, what is this photo all about? I’ll tell you. It’s a nice story.

Last week, the day before my cataract surgery, I was driving along. Feeling a bit on edge, but otherwise everything was as usual. Then, the warning light for low tire pressure came on. And, in my car, there is even a little schematic showing which tire – the passenger front.

Well, in some consternation, I turned around to go home. I had about 5 miles to drive and I had no idea why the tire was signaling for help. The car is just about 6 months old. Surely it should be fine?

I thought of the garage where we have taken our cars for years. Close to home and I knew they would help me out. I managed to get there fine. The tire looked low, and so I was glad to be there. I parked the car at the edge of the lot and went in. Sure, the guys said. Pull the car around and we’ll look.

I brought the car around the corner and to the front of the garage. I got out and went back into the office. We looked out the window at the car. At that moment, the tire finished going totally flat. I saw the rim sink to the ground.

After an examination, the pictured stone was found, driven all the way into a groove in the tire. The guys pulled it out and patched the tire. Some air and it was all fixed. Just like that!

I was so grateful I might have said, “Thank you!” about twenty times. I know the whole staff was laughing (in a nice way) by the time I finished. I am thankful for the help they gave me and so quickly, too. I am also marveling that the car waited until I got to a safe place before the tire went totally flat, and I’m grateful for that, too. As I said, I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind to cope with a flat tire that day.

See, I told you it was a nice story, so that’s why I’m writing it down here. And, I am still wondering how this little rock, not that sharp, found just the right spot in the tire to do this kind of work? It is surprising, isn’t it?

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About Claudia McGill

A person who does art and writes poetry. That's me!

4 responses to “Trouble Averted

  1. I thought that little rock was a doll’s shoe. 🙂

    • It is the size of a Barbie shoe and not that sharp even at the pointed end, which is what pierced the tire. I have to say I was astounded when I saw it and realized – small but mighty!

  2. Martha

    Wow! Yes, surprising all around.

    • And so welcome. I really appreciated the help it seemed that the universe was handing out that day ( after, of course, sending me the little rock, but, the thing is, the balance was in my favor, so I was very thankful for that!)

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