I found a picture of my mom a couple of weeks ago. It was so cute, she was so young looking. It was a Polaroid (remember those?) of my sisters and my mom. I guess we were on an outing of some kind. I have my white wheelchair (which was the first wheelchair I received when I was about 16). I don’t remember what we did that day, or why we were even out, but it did remind me of my younger years (like I’m SO old).
It sparked a memory, however, of a time when mom and I went on an outing. We had a few of the sibs (Josh? Seth?) with us, and we took White Thunder (the 18 passenger van) with us. We were on our way home and the van died! It was summer, hot and humid. The area was not the safest in the world, but I doubted any of us gave it two thoughts at the time. But at least we were in a small city on a small (ish) road. I theorized that the van ran out of gas…so I told my mom to stay put and I would get some gas. I don’t know why…and I’m not sure why mom let me! lol I was probably about 18 at the time…
I rolled across the four lane road to the nearest gas station. I purchased a gallon of milk, and went outside and dumped it out. I filled it with gas and took it back to the car. To my mom’s horror (delight?), I rolled up proudly with a milk jug of gasoline and not a care in the world. I asked if she had a funnel…I guess I should have known the answer to that…but I thought I’d ask. The answer was “no” in case you were curious. So…I did what any one would have done…I found an old Taco Bell cup and broke off the bottom. I made a funnel from that and poured gas into the van. TADA! It was enough to get us home.
I am always pleased with my handiwork. My mom had coined the phrase “handicapable” and that was definitely a day she used it.
Looking back, I realize:
1. WHAT WAS I THINKING!?
2. THAT WAS DANGEROUS.
3. I SHOULD HAVE LOOKED BOTH WAYS BEFORE CROSSING THE STREET.
4. WHAT WAS I THINKING?!
5. Gas was very inexpensive back then…
6. If push comes to shove…I’ll get it done!
I guess it’s when things go wrong, you get to see what you are truly capable of. It also allows for good memories and a great story for the kids. =)