Heroes come in all forms

23 Feb

The reminder email suggested patients arrive five minutes early for COVID vaccinations. It is more in my nature to arrive a lot earlier, so I made a plan. the first step: start the car to be sure I can get out from the snow that encircled it. With that in mind, I donned my coat several hours before my appointment and went outside.

tick, tick tick

After sitting idle for two weeks – an unexpected consequence of last week’s snowstorm – my car would not start. I tried again, went into the house for the spare fob, and tried again.

tick, tick tick

No luck. My heart started beating wildly. This was the worst possible day for this to happen. I returned to the house, feeling shaky and dug my AAA card out of my wallet and called. Then, I paced until the robocall came, telling me that Roadside Assistance was five minutes away.

I waited in the street and saw the truck down the block. I walked to the middle of the street and waved. The masked man who exited the truck was a sort of hero to me at that moment. He hooked up the cables, but the car didn’t start. I deflated a bit.

“Let me adjust the connection,” he said gruffly. This was a man of action, a man of few words.

Relief flooded my body as my car roared back to life. I gushed my thanks, then asked, “I need to drove for 15-20 minutes, right?”

“More like 30,” was his terse, but kind, reply.

I thought for a moment. My Advisory class started in 20 minutes and I needed to drive for 20. This was a dilemma, so I explained my situation and made a plea for further assistance.

“I need to send an email to my students telling them I am cancelling Advisory, but will be there for Humanities. Could you watch my car while I do that. I’ll be back in less than five minutes.”

He agreed and I was in and out in a flash.

Bu the time I settled into the driver’s seat, my hero had driven off. I shifted into drive and followed suit.

13 Responses to “Heroes come in all forms”

  1. terierrol February 23, 2021 at 8:25 am #

    Everything is difficult in these times. Thank goodness for heroes, and a teacher’s desire to always prepare early!! Hope the shot goes well.

  2. arjeha February 23, 2021 at 9:03 am #

    An example of Murphy’s Law. Glad everything worked out for you. I don’t use Triple A often, but when I do I am sure glad I have it.

    • Adrienne February 23, 2021 at 9:04 am #

      Exactly. It’s moments like this that make me shake off any hesitation about my annual renewal.

  3. britt February 23, 2021 at 9:22 am #

    I love, love, love AAA! They certainly are heroes – I’m glad it worked out in the end 🙂

  4. Alien Resort February 23, 2021 at 11:19 am #

    The possibility of car trouble is on my mind every time I go out. It’s a legacy of a lifetime of driving beaters.

  5. kflockhart February 23, 2021 at 1:48 pm #

    I understand the rapid heartbeat! I was stuck on a hill in the snow yesterday. I just waited, talked myself through the moments, then finally backed up to tred, pushed my pedal all the way down, and made it slowly up! Glad it worked out for you,
    and you met a hero in your path.

  6. kflockhart February 23, 2021 at 1:49 pm #

    I understand the rapid heartbeat! I was stuck on a hill in the snow yesterday. I just waited, talked myself through the moments, then finally backed up to tred, pushed my pedal all the way down, and made it slowly up! Glad it worked out for you, and that you met a hero in your path.

    • Adrienne February 23, 2021 at 1:54 pm #

      Self-talk is amazing isn’t it. I accomplish so much more when I coach myself through things. I am glad you were ok.

  7. dcwlor@gmail.com February 23, 2021 at 3:12 pm #

    I was going to tell you. Our neighbors bought a new Subaru last summer. They have twice had their battery die on them (after the car sitting for a while). A new battery should last longer than that. Nathan had his car in the Honda dealer and said two women in there both had had problems with their new Subarus. I wonder if there is a manufacturing problem (battery or connection?).

    Glad you were able to make your appointment!

    We lost power for one week and internet for 10 days. Just came back on yesterday afternoon.

    Take care,

    Diane

    • Adrienne February 23, 2021 at 3:14 pm #

      O my. I am glad everything is back to normal. I haven’t been driving much – usually just once a week. I am going to take it out for a drive more often now.

  8. Anita Ferreri February 23, 2021 at 5:23 pm #

    Those AAA folks are INDEED heroes!

  9. Lisa Corbett February 24, 2021 at 3:10 pm #

    One boost and the membership has paid for itself! I’m glad he was able to stay. Were your students disappointed to have a cancelled class? 🙂

    • Adrienne February 24, 2021 at 4:57 pm #

      I see them for a 2o minute Advisory class. the we have a 10 minute break and I seem the for a 1 hour ELA class. There were tons of questions in ELA.

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