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Monday, August 19, 2013


"Aspen, we're going to Ross to find some coasters for Uncle Seth."


"Because it's his birthday soon."

"Why are we getting him coasters?"

"Because he said he'd like some for his new table."

"I don't want to get him coasters."

"What do you want to get him?"

"Scrap metal."

The universe really delivered on this one. I wasn't sure where we were going to find scrap metal to give to Uncle Seth, but on our drive to Ross I found some.

We were in the parking lot, working our way over to Ross when I heard it. Thump whomp. Thump whomp. Thump whomp. Followed by hissing. I pulled into a stall and got out to check. Yup. Not just a little flat. A super-flat.

I called Kev to ask where my jack is stored in the car. As I was doing so, a couple walked by me and the guy asked if I needed help. I checked with Kev for the tools and how to lower the tire from under the car and then watched this stranger willingly crawl under my car and proceed to change the flat for me.

After the flat was removed I wrestled the piece of metal out of the rubber and told Aspen we could give it to Uncle for his birthday. How's that for perfect timing?

I know the mechanics of changing a flat, but I've never done it by myself. It was such a relief to have someone so kindly stop and offer help, especially since at that point Aspen was still in the car and they didn't even know I had a kid to keep occupied during the whole ordeal. Also, I'm grateful we found some scrap metal for Seth so Aspen would stop complaining about buying him boring coasters.

Happy Birthday Seth!

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  1. What a great story. The kindness of strangers is always wonderful to read about, but that you also found some scrap metal for Aspen to give to Seth is just awesome. Love it! I can totally hear her saying, "Scrap Metal" too.

    1. She was SO EXCITED about it. And turns out it was aluminum, which is most-precious in the scrapping industry (aside from copper, of course).

  2. It's so nice to hear that there are still people out there who will stop and help a stranger. I have had that happen to me too, and I was so grateful, especially since I don't know how to change a tire. :)

    1. Kev joked he was relived to hear back from me afterward. He said he worried just a tiny bit that they were a serial killer duo. HA!


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