I don’t keep a key to my husband’s car on my key ring because I have my own truck, but many times we have started to leave the house together, and I’ve had the thought pop into my head to take my extra key with us. I’m happy to say that so far, we have not needed my key. I’m not sure why I get that feeling, but I listen and follow. I’ve felt it so many times that now I’m afraid that the one time I don’t have it with me, will be the time we need it! In fact, now I keep that key in a zippered pocket of my purse so that I always have it. You just never know when you’re going to get locked out of your car or lose the key, and if and when that happens, I want that key in my purse and not at home on the key rack!
A couple of months ago, we were leaving town for a week, and I had the impression that I should leave the keys to my truck at home. I live next door to my daughter, and I specifically said to her, “I’m leaving my keys on the table inside the front door. I won’t be needing them, and you never know what could happen that you might need the truck.” She gave me that kind of weird look that I see quite often – that look that says I’m thinking too much, but she at least acknowledged that she had heard me. A few days later, I got a text from her that said, “Thanks, Mom, for leaving your keys. I got in my car to take the kids to school today and the battery was dead. I was so glad to have your truck there as backup.” Yea! Mom might not be so crazy, after all! 🙂
Right before Thanksgiving, I was ordering a few Christmas gifts online, and I saw an auto emergency kit that included some tools and jumper cables. We just recently bought this older truck and I knew I didn’t have cables, so I ordered it. The package arrived the day before we were leaving town for a few days, and I decided it might not be a bad idea to throw that kit into hubby’s Honda. I put it on the floor in the back seat and never thought any more about it. We drove that car about 300 miles with no problem at all, but the next day, we spent 30 minutes in a shopping center and came out to a dead battery! I told my husband we just needed to find someone who could give us a jump. He said he didn’t have any cables, and I could hardly contain my excitement when I told him that I had brought some with me! (Why is that so surprising? I AM the one with the preparedness blog and radio show!) He suggested we call roadside assistance first, since we pay for it, but I got transferred around so many times that I hung up before we knew how long it would take. We sat in the parking lot and watched people walking out, wondering who we could approach. My hubby finally picked a nice young man who was walking with his son, and told him our predicament. The guy said, “I don’t have any cables, but I’m happy to help if you have them.” They hooked up the cables and the car started right up. I was so thankful for his help, and commented later about what a good example this man had been for his son. Double blessings for him!
These turned out to be good experiences for me, and I don’t share them to make you think that I’m always prepared for any situation. I’m not. All I’m saying is that if you hear that little voice, or feel that impression to do something, pay attention. Don’t ignore it.
Copyright 2013 Joyce Moseley Pierce