Friday, May 20, 2011

Just Another Crazy Tale...

They say that sometimes a series of random events can lead you to be in a specific place at a specific time that will in turn lead to an event that will change your life; they also say that most of the time you have no idea that this is happening...
This is one of those stories, a week full of irritating circumstances that led to a completely new way of life...
She was visiting a friend in a city about six hours away from home. The morning of her departure came and she hopped in the car on her way back to her daughter early on Monday morning hoping to miss rush hour. She had a very busy week coming up, as the car she was now driving was being put up for sale that week and she had made arrangements already to leave it with a family member until it was sold. She was a single mom and in the middle of balancing an up and coming move to another province with her responsibilities as a mother and her recent change in careers; things had gotten so financially challenging that for the first time in 20yrs she could not afford to have a car, she felt she had no choice now but to sell it. Still she was grateful that friends had stepped up to the plate lately to assist her as much as possible even going so far as offering her a vehicle to use temporarily until she could get back on her feet. As much as she knew she would have a lot of running around to do in preparation for the sale, she was looking forward to spending some quality time with both her daughter and her friends; life lately had meant much travelling back and forth and she was anxious just to enjoy being a mom for a while.
Too bad the car it seems did not want to be sold; not 30 minutes after her pulling out of the drive she found herself stalled on the side of the road. Now thankfully the car was fairly new and still under warrantee so she called the emergency hotline and waiting patiently for a tow truck. While waiting she called family in the city to make sure somebody would be there to pick her daughter up from school, it was early after all and she figured it was more than likely the car would be fixed by the afternoon. Not so, as it turns out the part they needed had to be shipped in, ironically from the very city she had been trying to get to and so it was that she ended up back at her friends for a couple more days missing her daughter and wishing she could figure out a way to get home. Wednesday morning came and she drove happily out of the dealership once again looking forward to being reunited with her daughter; it had been a crazy two days with too many phone calls back and forth trying to make arrangements with family so that her daughter (thankfully now 14yrs) would have a place to stay until mom could get home.
About an hour into the trip, comfortably touring down the road at 110k the engine abruptly quit and our lady found herself yet again sitting on the side of the road dialling her phone in an attempt to get another tow. She began to wonder as she sat in her car by the side of a busy highway if there was not some strange purpose to all of this. Another town this time, a different dealership and more phone calls to family while she waited in a tiny room, coffee in hand; home it seems would have to wait again. She felt lucky though, given that the car had quit while doing highway speeds that she had not gotten hurt and even more grateful that a tow truck driver had pulled over and rescued her long before the truck she had called for would have gotten there. It had not been comfortable sitting in her car being buffeted by the winds of the big rigs rushing past her on the highway and every time her car had been shaken by a truck she had silently wished that somebody would get there sooner than the hour that the lady on the phone had promised. She got her wish and was grateful that the staff at the dealership were so friendly, it was hard to imagine that she was broken down yet again but life is what it is and as much as she wanted to be home she had learned long ago that getting angry about her situation would not help so instead she made friends with the lady at the front desk and ultimately had a pleasant afternoon waiting for her car.
Finally around 4pm it was ready to go and she hopped on the road yet again thanking the heavens she would be home in a few hours. Of course 45 min later she was wondering if she would ever make it home as she was now sitting in her car yet again waiting for somebody to come and get her. Another tow truck, another town, more phone calls to family and her patience as they say was beginning to run out. It was late in the day, so here she was 2 hrs away from her friends, 4 hrs away from her daughter and the dealership was closing. They could not look at the car until morning as all the mechanics had already gone home. Still the owners were kind and they drove her to a nearby restaurant that was close to the highway so her friend who was now in a car and on the way could find her easily. She walked into the coffee shop and dumped her bags on the floor, went to the counter and explained her situation asking them how late they would be open and if they would be willing to let her charge her phone. It was now out of batteries and she had many more calls to make. They were very accommodating and she soon found herself seated with a coffee, sandwich and phone plugged in so she could update her family on her latest news.
Now all of it seemed somewhat unbelievable, three dealerships and two tow trucks in one day is not exactly a normal occurrence for any traveller. Her daughter, anxious to see her mother was by this time mildly upset by the situation and made it quite clear that all she wanted was for her mother to come home. Mom consoled her by telling her gently that all things happen for a reason and to not give up faith that even this seemingly out of control and disappointing series of events might still prove to turn out to be to their advantage. ‘Sometimes’, she reminded her daughter, ‘ we don’t understand the why of the direction life takes us in but we have to have faith that all is well and that all roads lead to where we need to be’. Her family, although supportive and understanding were going far beyond the call of duty with regards to balancing their schedules now to accommodate this odd situation. It was obvious now that whatever was wrong with the car would not be a quick fix and that getting home now would be a matter of days not hours. It would seem that our young woman was stuck, with no offer of a loaner vehicle from the dealership she would have to simply stay at her friends’ until the car was fixed and it appeared at this point that nobody knew when that would be. Still she felt fortunate that she had the kind of friends who would drop what they were doing to come rescue her and the kind of family who would put their own life on hold to make sure her precious daughter was safe. Instead of getting angry she began searching for the humour and the meaning behind all of these happenings because she still believed that everything happens for a reason.
Of course why she would be in this particular town at this particular moment was something she could not fathom, yet here she was so she figured she might as well get comfortable and make the best of it.
While waiting for her friend she wandered over to the store next door to get some gum. The ladies at the coffee shop were keeping an eye on her bags so she was able to wander around a bit and stretch her legs. While in the store she realized she had two lottery tickets that she had not yet checked, so she asked the clerk to scan them and felt this strange surge of energy when the clerk asked her if she wanted the encore on the free ticket she had just won. She said yes of course, an extra dollar to win a million; seems like a fair trade...
On her way out she realized that something about the air tonight felt a little different, and her mood that had been an effort to keep steady and positive took a sudden up swing; she was literally bubbling with excitement, though after the week she had had such emotion made no sense. Still she turned to the clerk on her way out of the store and told her; ‘today is a very, very good day to buy a ticket’...
Soon enough she was back at her friends waiting for the car and when the car was ready two days later her friend drove her down to pick it up. Finally late in the evening mother and daughter were reunited and in the excitement of just being able to hug her child she forgot that the draw for the winning ticket was past. They tucked in that night just grateful to be together again not worrying about tomorrow would bring, they were grateful for the moment just to be. The next morning however dawned bright and clear, the most perfect of spring days... On their way to get breakfast they stopped to fill up on gas and in the blink of an eye as the ticket was scanned and the bells on the machine went off loudly announcing to the world that she was now a millionaire her life changed forever.
They say that sometimes a series of random events can lead you to be in a specific place at a specific time that will in turn lead to an event that will change your life; they also say that most of the time you have no idea that this is happening...
Apparently it helps though if you keep the faith and believe that all things happen as they are meant to and nothing in life, even the seemingly nasty, random events that irritate us and interrupt our lives should ever be taken for granted; you see you just never know where those nasty, random events will take you and in the end you might view them as being one of the best things that ever happened to you...
Jean Victoria Norloch
www.feenxrising.blogspot.com
www.feenxrising.com

1 comment:

  1. A video for you... : ) <3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6NIUV24vcQ&feature=youtu.be

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