SomeoneLikeYou Saturday, August 18, 2012
So I've been driving a stick shift, red, 2006 VW beetle since I was 16. I got it for my 16th birthday, learned how to drive on it, and even took my drivers test with it (and admittedly failed the first time).
I've known since I was a little girl that I wanted to drive a bug, and just owning one has made me realize that I never want to drive another car. It's perfect for me. Unfortunately, along with my dream car comes a lot of problems. VWs aren't very well made and are always having electrical problems.
My little buggie boo has been in need of a new catalytic converter (don't ask me what this is, I have no clue) for about half the summer now. It hardly goes above 20 mph and has the hardest time even getting up to that. It's jerky and constantly sputtering, and in the last few weeks it's even stalled out in the middle of the rode a few times.
So, my parents told me not to drive it until we get the problem fixed and it's been killing me not to take my baby out, moon roof down, music blaring in the summer time. Yesterday both of my parents were gone and I really wanted to take outfit photos. Since neither of them were home, I couldn't use one of their cars.
I thought that maybe since my bug had been sitting a few weeks, that it would be okay to drive--just the little distance to the place where I take my pictures. The car of course sputtered and rumbled on the way there, but made it just fine. It was the way back, however, that ended in disaster.
I was going up a hugely busy hill in my town. It's a main road, and everyone uses it. I was about half way up and I knew my car wasn't going to make it. I put my emergency break on as I started rolling back down the hill, cars honking at me; myself hard core panicking.
I tried a few times starting the car over (what's worked in the past) but to no avail the car just rolled back farther, almost hitting the car behind me. I had traffic completely backed up on this hill, both ways, in quite a mess.
A nice man pulled off to the side of the road though and offered to roll my car backwards down the hill, out of the way of traffic. So there I sat at the side of a busy road, in a ditch, everyone staring at me, completely upset at myself and my stubborn headed stupidity.
I ended up calling my parents and they got a tow truck set up that wouldn't come for two hours so we would have to wait for them. I was so upset because I was suppose to go out to eat and to the festival with Matt! Not to mention my mom was so ticked at me... All of a sudden, a nice man and woman pulled over and told me they could help. They got my car out of the ditch, up the hill (I have no clue how), and back to my house. Seriously, a miracle.
We called the tow truck and canceled, and I was crying in thankfulness to these two strangers who helped me get out of the messy predicament I had caused. I offered to pay them for their help, but the kind souls just said for me to pay forward the kindness to someone else who needed it. What awesome people.
So here is the story of my stupidity. I've learned my lesson and it was certainty a...learning experience. God knows I'll make lots of similar mistakes this coming year, but hopefully these mistakes won't get me stranded on the side of the road ♥
With much love, Lauren.