I don’t know about you, but my driving has diminished considerably since the pandemic struck last year. I rarely drive any where. This lack of driving took its toll on me and my car this week.
About a month ago, I brought my car into the garage for a service appointment and to take care of a recall item. When I arrived I was told my car needed to have less than 1/4 tank of gas to perform the recall work. No one had shared that tiny detail with me and as luck would have it, on the way to the appointment I filled the tank with gas. So, I needed to make another appointment when the tank registered less than 1/4 full.
Getting my gas tank that low needed time. Sure, I had a few essential appointments here and there, but they were local requiring very little fuel. It took a few weeks but finally my fuel tank reached a 1/4 full and I could make that appointment for the recall.
The day was warm and the sunshine felt so good on my face. I turned onto the highway and headed north, feeling quite free. I kind of got lost in the moment with the songs on the radio and the warmth of the car so much so that I drove right passed my exit. And the next suitable exit was twenty minutes out of the way. My daughter was waiting for me at the garage and called to make sure I was ok. Oh yes, I just got a little carried away with my once again finding freedom on the highway.
The work on the car was completed the next day. My daughter once again dropped me off at the garage and left. I entered the service department and waited to meet with a service representative.
Mrs. Baldiga, did they tell you what they found?
No, I simply received a text stating my car was ready.
Well, when we opened up your car to complete the work we uncovered a little mouse nest settled in near the gas tank.
Looks like I need to drive my car a bit more often!
Throughout the month of March I will be participating in the Slice of Life Story Challenge with the community of writers over at Two Writing Teachers. Each day I will post a draft of a story detailing a small snippet from my life. This will be my sixth year participating, and each year I marvel at all the small moments I would have missed in my life if not for this challenge. I am grateful to Stacey Shubitz, Betsy Hubbard, Beth Moore, Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski, Melanie Meehan, and Amy Ellerman for hosting this wonderful event!