|*No actual driving is occurring in this picture|
A few weeks ago, I was home with 5ohBig and was
desperately trying to ignore the massive pile of laundry bored so I thought I'd take her out on the town to run some meaningless errands. We headed out to get our oil changed, shop for dishes, and maybe have a girls lunch just the two of us. I loaded her in the car and got on the highway.
Now, I would never say that I'm a fast driver... I'd never say that I drive juuuuuuust as fast as is legally allowed... and I'd never say that I speed. And I certainly never say I keep my phone in my lap to look at during stop lights. Never. But this day, I had kind of a weird feeling. Instead of playing The Imagination Movers pandora station via my phone I popped in a kid's CD. I left my phone in my purse and I payed attention to my speed. I was just aimlessly running errands that weren't even errands so what hurry was I in?
Just as I was coming to the exit to get off the highway and get my oil change, I heard a super loud POP! My hands were at 10 and 2 anyways, but I only slightly felt the car move. There was a weird sounds as I slowed down on the exit and then another loud sound. The exit I was taking literally dumps straight into a tire shop if you head straight so I rolled straight in there. When I got out of my car, my back left tire was COMPLETELY flat. The mechanic tried to add air to the tire to pull the car forward into the shop, but it wouldn't hold any air at all. There was a HUGE (and I mean like a seriously huge) hole in the tire.
The mechanic said I was so lucky it happened coming off the exit because if I had been driving anywhere else I would have needed a tow or ruined my [rim? tire well? whatchamacallit]. He said that I was lucky it happened to that tire specifically because if it had been one of the front tires, I would have lost control of the car completely. When he told me we had to replace all 4 tires because of the type of car it is
OUCH he mentioned I was lucky that I had money in savings to do it right then.
My mind can't help but go to all the could-have-beens: Me on the highway, 7 months pregnant, my 1 1/2 year old in the back seat when my tire blew.... I can't even. The lesser emergencies are also upsetting: not having money for the tires, being on our way somewhere else and needing to be towed, being stranded when my tire blew in the middle of nowhere... all of these could have happened.
But they didn't.
And y'all? I know luck had nothing to do with it.