Friday, October 10, 2008

Broke Down...

Well what a morning! It all started out smoothly enough. Everyone woke up this morning around 6:30. To get dressed and ready to head off into our various directions.

The oldest child was exceptionally eager since it is Friday, this means he gets Mom's car for the day to drive to and from school. We made this arrangement with him in the hopes that his new found freedom would be the encouragement needed to get a JOB and his OWN car. So far it hasn't triggered any motivation in that direction.

My husband had an appointment in the next town so the youngest child and I planned to go with him. The plan was that afterward we would run by the market (Paradise Grove) and pick up a few items while were in that town. Well as Robert Burns said "The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry."

As I stated earlier, everything started off smoothly enough. We were driving to town via the Farm to Market road that goes between Midlothian and Waxahachie, some of you may be familiar with it FM 875. Just as we passed thru Sardis my husband exclaimed "Great! I just lost power steering." That was when I noticed that the AC had also stopped working and my husband glanced down at the temperature gauge. It was all the way over to HOT. In our past experience with Dodges, this could mean only one thing. After pulling over onto the grassy side of the road and popped the hood. Sure enough! The water pump had gone out. If any of you know anything about cars, you know that once this seizes up your car is not going anywhere.

So there we were, sitting in the middle of no where with the hood popped and 5yr old sitting in a car seat in the back seat. Thank goodness for cell phones! My husband was able to call the Auto Repair place in Midlothian and they dispatched a wrecker to pick us and the car up. Let me tell you something. If you are broken down on the side of the road you can forget about getting any assistance from our "friendly law enforcement". We sat there for almost 1 hour with our hood popped open , flasher on. We saw a County police car pass right by us and it didn't even slow down to investigate! Again is say "thank goodness for cell phones!"
After waiting for what seemed like an eternity the tow truck showed up. The driver was very nice. He even dropped me and the youngest child off at our house (it was on the way) and my husband off at the High school (to get my truck, that was also on his way). The hospitality of the tow truck drive made up for the lack of assistance from the policeman. Of course the oldest child was bummed out because this means he must ride the bus home after school. Hmmm, maybe this might motivate him to get a JOB and his OWN car. One can only hope.
Have a Great Day!

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