I sold my old car yesterday…sort of. Our mechanic had taken his time (since we didn’t need it) fixing the head gasket and the valves, we washed it and vacuumed it out and our buyer came in the morning to pick it up. She happily drove away and I happily drove downtown to give my friend Nancy some flowers for her birthday, deposit the check, and buy some celebratory food. Then, I planned a nice afternoon nap (as we had been up very early watching the royal wedding live….I know, I know!) Anyway, I bought these glasses and called them our Royal Juice Glasses and planned on celebrating with them later in the day (they were 79 cents each at Goodwill in Bennington VT and were the perfect purchase!).
At 2 pm, I was just lying down when the phone rang. The new buyer of the car said in a panicky voice, “The car is leaking oil and I am on my way to Bennington and am stopped at the side of the road. WHAT DO I DO?!” One thing this car never had, was an issue with leaking oil. It was a long afternoon. Jack closed his shop, we drove to the car, I gave the woman her money back and took her home, while Jack drove the car to a mechanic who said it was just a nut (or something) that had not been tightened. So I have my car back again.
I realized as I wrote this post that I do not know what to do about the car. There is an answer, but at this moment, I am not sure what that is. But I do know what not to do. I know not to act when I am feeling upset. I know not to blame anyone, including myself. I know not to force the situation or to make it into a crisis.
There are also some things that I do know. I know to be grateful that I woke up feeling that my “problem” was really not a problem at all, that Jack and I had a fun time last night, even though I was super tired, drinking club soda out of our new glasses and watching the royal wedding re-caps. I know that life works best when I can appreciate that I don’t know everything…when I can turn something over and feel amazed at how perfect solutions present themselves.