Today, I started driving away from our favourite baby group & thought, 'hmmm this doesn't feel right.' No. A completely flat tyre makes the car feel odd. Sigh.
Luckily for me, my knight in shining armour was working in the office today just down the road & came out to change it for me. Even standing on the brace I was unable to undo the bolts. I think I am going to get hold of a long bar to create a better lever in case it happens again further from home.
The tyre people sorted it out in a short while & we are roadworthy once again. Roo slept through the whole event at the tyre place.
Although it was annoying, it was an oddly life affirming incident & learning opportunity. On finding it, I went to my mobile phone - no signal. At that point, some of the ladies came out from the toddler group & loaned me a decent mobile to call my husband. The sun was shining. More people came out & checked I was OK. Husband comes out & Roo is excited to unexpectedly see Daddy, as am I. We/He changes the tyre & I made sure I got my hands dirty to remind myself what to do next time. Learning opportunity number one. Need longer lever. Learning opportunity number two. Yet more people come to check on me.
I go to the tyre place & the lovely men there sorted it out in a trice. (I know these guys fairly well as they gave us the tractor tyres for the allotment & we have been going there for quite a few years. Not on first name terms or anything but they know my face.) Off we go home in time for lunch & continue Roo's nap.
What I took from this all was that people are basically really nice! I actually felt rather lucky.