The title of this blog comes from a Simon and Garfunkle song, “Bookends.” The whole song is about 4 lines long and says so much.
My last post encompassed the first half of my day on Saturday. Had I known what was in store for the rest of the day I would have waited to write!
After my meeting, my husband and I headed north on the parkway to go to my aunt’s 70th surprise birthday party. He and I had it meticulously planned out to be on time, and it included him sitting in the library for the 2 hours I was in my meeting. Getting up early on a day when he didn’t have too. He was a real sport about it.
We were nearly there when my brand new car began to sputter and stall. In the middle of the Parkway, going 70 miles per hour. This had happened once before and I had it serviced. They couldn’t find the problem, or replicate it, declared it a fluke, and sent me on my waranteed way. No such luck. And when I say brand new I mean I’ve owned it less than 5 weeks. It’s a 2010.
I nursed the car to the non-existant shoulder, shut the car off, struggled to get it started again, said a Novena, and continued on our way. Five minutes later it happened again. What ensued was 20 minutes of hold times and wait calls to find out my car could get towed to the nearest dealership, I could get a ride along if I wanted it, but I could not get a loaner. A rental car would be covered, but for some forsaken reason rental car companies close early on Saturdays.
This would be no issue, thought I. My whole family was headed to this party and we were very close. I started calling cell phones. They were either turned off or unanswered. What do we carry them for if not for an emergency? I did get a hold of one of my brothers who was able to swoop in and save the day. And boy, did I give the rest of my family hell. We all had a good laugh about it.
I arrived to the party late, but late enough not to ruin the surprise, and early enough to hit the appetizers. So much for an abstinent day. What was my pre-packed lunch wilted and spoiled in transit. I could have done better but I just plain didn’t. More on that another time.
The party was a catered barbeque, and it was beyond elegant, yet comfortably casual at the same time. I can’t say enough about what a justice my cousins C&M, A&N and P&M did for my Aunt. My only regret is that we don’t spend enough time with that side of the family, and so I feel I don’t really know them as well. I did find out that my cousin N is a talented photographer and I have a project in mind for hiring her! You’ll have to wait for Christmas to see the results.
The day ended very well, and while my car is in the shop, my home air conditioner is broken, and my first day of abstinence was a bust, I feel light and fluffy. My second day of abstinence was quite successful. I am in a good place, and actually happy to be here.