Friday night we threw a little skating party to help our oldest daughter turn 16. It was so much fun to pick out the playlist for the event. I’m keeping the list for when the skies have been too gray for too long. How can you go wrong when Van Halen’s Jump; Ray Steven’s Mississippi Squirrel Revival; Piano Guys’ Cello Song; and Taio Cruz’s Dynamite all made the cut? It was a great mix of all the things Heidi loves including a few bits of soundtrack from her favorite movies. Our only sadness was the private school held a basketball game that night so not many of her friends from her old school could come. We had a lot of family and just enough friends to make it a lot of fun. Here’s the best part–everyone gave skating a try, even the grandparents, which was unexpected and delightful.
The next day her youth group was going ice skating. We picked up her friend, Brandon on the way and partway down the highway, ran out of gas. This is my first experience with running out of gas. We’ve only had this car a couple of months and I haven’t figured out all it’s quirks yet. Our old car had about 20 miles to go when the warning light comes on. This car has about 2.
I couldn’t coast to the left because that was a highway entrance ramp. I couldn’t coast to the right, because there were 2 lanes of fast moving traffic over there. I put on my hazard lights and thought for a bit. I had successfully pushed my car up an icy driveway twice that week to get to school on time, and I had two permitted drivers in the car…what could go wrong?
I told the kids my plan, moved Heidi into the driver’s seat and Brandon volunteered to help push. We pushed that thing at least half a mile to Costco to buy gas, laughing all the way. A really nice stranger jumped out of his car when he saw us and helped us push. His wife drove past cheering us on :). A 2nd stranger helped us the last few hundred feet when we were the most cold and tired. That’s one for the memory books.
When I got to school this morning, one of my students said, “I saw you Saturday, pushing your car down the road.” Yep–that was me.
Have you ever run out of gas? I hope not, but if you have I’d love to hear about it.