In June, while on his way to pick up Squirrel from college, Pooldad experienced a flat tire from a nail. Since he had to be at JMU and move her out by 5 pm he was a bit stressed when it occurred 30 minutes from her exit at 2:30. The topper to the flat was the spare was also flat and Pooldad only had $100 on him. We had no idea where to get the tire fixed or how much it would cost. Happily a very nice man came along, inflated the spare and sent Pooldad on his way. The tire was later repaired at Wal Mart for $65.00.
Fast forward to Father's Day and :boom!: same thing happens on the way to taking his Dad to a National's game. This time the spare was fine but the bolts on the tire were damaged and they had to wait on AAA to remove the tire. Again, Wal Mart to the rescue for $65.00.
We had the other two tires changed, with warranty, so we are good to go for a while.
Yesterday, while driving around with her Daddy, Wallene called to tell me a rock had hit the windshield and cracked it. She said it really scared the heck out of her and I told her I had to agree as I had had it happen to me before. The windshield will have to be repaired [replaced], but it will be a while until that is done. We can still see through it.
Now, why am I telling you this? Because it seems like our van problems are replicating life's bumps in the road. Doesn't it? When you fix one problem, along comes another, then another, but to keep moving forward you have to figure out the solution to the problem otherwise you are without the means to spur you forward.
I don't think I do analogies very well, but it fits in this case. A flat tire isn't the end of the world, but without those tires our world would come to a screeching halt, wouldn't it?
Everyone has a whole lot more in their lives than the occasional flat tire or cracked windshield and not all those things can be fixed so easily, but they will eventually work themselves out. Trust me.
You just have to work at it one wheel at a time.