On a beautiful Friday the 13th, I have needed to look for some silver linings. Usually this day is a good luck charm for my family, today was a challenge.
After a month of dental disasters, I got a filling to repair my front tooth, no more gap in my smile, and my lip is not getting shredded. After having a reaction to the anesthetic, I was told this is only a temporary solution. The temporary filling has a lower price tag than the crown I will need to invest in much sooner than I want to. This lining is nice and shiny silver!
I left the dentist’s office to discover that my front tire was flat. Deep breath, and a call for reinforcements; my father in law agreed to come and help me change the tire. We planned that I would take the car to the garage to have the tire replaced, and get some additional “can’t wait” repairs. While I am waiting for my FIL, I begin the daunting task of moving the trunk load of things to my backseat so I can get to the spare tire and jack. As I got the tire uncovered and try to figure out the jack, a wonderful stranger asked if I needed any help. I thought I would be fine, said as much. Being from the city I have a innate distrust of people. As I managed to free the jack he could clearly see I had no clue how it worked. He explained how the “wrench” part of the jack worked – and then proceeded to change the tire and give me a lesson at the same time. He explained the flaws in my process very happily, and bless his heart, had the whole thing done about 20 minutes before my FIL got there. The worst part of it, is I have no idea what his name was. He finished it up and waved as he drove away. What a wonderful golden lining.
With the donut on the car, my FIL followed me into town so that I could take the car into the automotive and more chain store; it felt like it took years to get there. Inside the store we waited for our turn to hand over the keys and explain the myriad of issues that need to be resolved and repaired. We wandered around in the air conditioned store while they prepared the quote. We are having hotter than normal temperatures, so the store is blissful. Once the oil is changed and we have an estimate for what needs to be done, double what I was expecting, we leave the car there and go home.
On the ride home I am told Anne, my neighbour would like to join me on the trip I have to make to the city on Monday. I am really looking forward to it, and having Anne along is the icing on the cake. Once we were home I got the best news of the day; my husband is starting a new job on Monday. I think that news is a platinum lining.
I think it is bedtime – I don’t want to jinx the good omens.