Is this illegal?

20 Jun

I had a list of errands a mile long. That’s why I was sitting in my car, in front of the library, waiting for it to open. I was running a bit ahead of schedule, but, as this was only stop number two of eight, I wasn’t cocky over over-confident. I knew this was temporary.

I had a few minutes to kill, so, as I sat listening to The Underground Railroad, I decided to look through my wallet to see what Items I should remove before my upcoming trip to Chicago. I usually only like to carry the cards I need, and an emergency credit card. As I riffled through the items tucked into pockets, my eyes caught sight of my car insurance card, and they bugged out of my head. The expiration date was two weeks ago.

I calmed myself down, closed my eyes and tried to remember if the new cards had come in the mail. I couldn’t see them in my mind’s eye, but remembered receiving the list of   E-Z Pay dates and amounts that would be deducted from my account. Okay,  I thought, calming a little, they haven’t closed my account, so I’m still good.

I tried to remember receiving the big envelope that arrives annually, but couldn’t. That didn’t mean it hadn’t come. Knowing they were planning to deduct the payments, I was sure it had to be at home. I was nervous, but planned to look for the cards as soon as I got home. If they were there, they’d be in one of two places.

The library opened and I got my holds. Driving to complete the next six errands, I was nervous, worrying that, with an expired insurance card in my car, this would be the time something happened. Nothing did.

When I got home I looked in the first of the two places…and there was that lovely large envelope that I;d never opened. I tore it open and there were the cards. I carefully tore along the perforations and put one card in my wallet and another in an enveloped labelled  INSURANCE 2017-18, to be placed in the glove compartment later. Then, I sat, and finally relaxed.





6 Responses to “Is this illegal?”

  1. arjeha June 20, 2017 at 7:41 am #

    So glad your cards were at home waiting for you. I fully understand the panic that takes over when we can’t remember if something came or where it is.I learned that in Australia they call this a CRAFT moment – Can’t Remember A F@#*ing Thing.

  2. marilynyung June 20, 2017 at 8:24 am #

    Man, we’ve all been there. At our house, we pay our premium twice a year, so it seems like I am forever finding cards and throwing away old ones. It’s hard to keep up. And you’re right… you definitely don’t want to not have it when you need it. Once, I was pulled over for speeding (45 in a 35 on technically a highway, no less) in my husband’s rat-trap of a car. Couldn’t find the card. Dug through the heap-of-a-mess glove box. Clear in the bottom… SUCCESS! Whew!!!

  3. franmccrackin June 20, 2017 at 9:21 am #

    You don’t blame the end-of-school-year crazy busyness, but I am sure that was why you hadn’t opened or even remembered your envelope! Glad it worked out fine. So many small mercies propel us along.

  4. franmcveigh June 20, 2017 at 12:11 pm #

    I hate that feeling . . . the unknown. Did I see them? Did I not? I have my insurance paid online and then I download my card straight to my phone. I’m lucky to be in a state with “digital” cards. However, I usually throw in a “physical card” as I know the military base will NEVER accept a digital form in my lifetime!

    Not going to happen!

    Perfect slice!

    And so funny because I did that in May before 2 weeks on the road. Almost like I was getting on the plane and every ounce would count. No pennies. No extra receipts of any kind!

  5. Lisa Corbett June 20, 2017 at 1:19 pm #

    I can relate to your panic! It’s scary to think that the documents are not in order. Glad you found the cards!

  6. Brian Rozinsky June 21, 2017 at 6:57 am #

    I like how you explode this tiny administrative moment — even as I dislike the feeling of unexpected panic that your writing neatly captures. Best of all, congratulations on a most productive day knocking chores off your to-do list 🙂

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