Today started like any other day, wake up, fix breakfast, and take my daughter to school. Little did I know I would soon be muttering the words, “Oh please not now”. On the way to take my daughter to school my car decided it wanted to stall and not start. Of course it made this choice while sitting right in the middle of the road at a stop light. Now I’m sure some of you have all had this terrible experience. It definitely isn’t a pleasurable one. The thing that even made this worse, is the fact that I decided I would just drive and drop my daughter off in my PJ’s. Now you must understand, they aren’t just any PJ’s, but my very colorful pink ones that are decorated with the little blue penguins sporting big white bellies!
As I sat at the stop light listening to the cars behind be beeping, I was muttering those words, ” oh please not now”. My car in my mind had became this unwilling creature, who refused to start. It was laughing at the fact that I would have to get out of the car in my lovely PJ’s, and push it to the side of the road. All I could think about is all those mothers gathering in the school yard, and chatting about how lovely I looked this morning! I would be the laughing stock of the subdivision. It was freezing cold outside, but I was as hot as the blazing sun. I guess it was my fear and embarrassment that was keeping me warm.
I was now sitting there begging the car to start, and praying to God to just let it run long enough to get me home. My daughter asked me if we should start pushing the car out of the street. I was thinking to myself, I could let her steer while I pushed. But, would she be able to do that. The car had to be pushed backward up an incline to move it out of the street. My daughter doesn’t drive. So now I was thinking if I let her steer, she might panic and not hit the break if it started rolling forward. “Oh my Gosh”, I thought to myself. I would be in my PJ’s when the ambulance came to pull me out from under the car! I said to her, “Don’t worry about pushing, just pray!” She simply replied, “Mom I have been praying”.
Just as I thought all hope was gone, and I was destined to look like a fool, my car gave me a reprieve and fired up. I quickly backed up, and drove that baby home. As we drove home I reminded my daughter to say a prayer, and thank God that our car started. She said, ” Oh mom I will”, with a smile on her face. I’m sure she had fearful thoughts running through her head too. Poor girl was probably in a panic that her mom would be seen in those funky PJ’s, and the kids at school would tease her forever!
I guess I learned a lesson today. PJ’s are for sleeping in, and not necessarily to be worn out in public. It reminds me of how my mom always said the thing about wearing clean underwear. Always have them on, in case you were in an accident. Now I have a litte advice of my own. Always remember to put on regular clothes the next time you go out for a drive. You may never know when you might have to get out, and push a car down a road.