Whew! What a busy day. Remember we’re the folks who never have company and never go anywhere. This morning my friend, Doris, called to see if I had a lime green thread. I sent her pictures of a couple of greens I had so she came over. Visitor #1. Then Connie, the lady who owns the big ranch house that’s for sale, was out on the RTV with her twin 2 year old grandsons and they stopped to see the chickens. Visitors #2, 3 and 4. Then her husband came over on the lawn mower. Isn’t it funny how folks in the country visit on the RTV, or the lawn mower, or the tractor but rarely in the car? He was Visitor #5. He wanted to see if we had a weed eater he could borrow. Yep, but it took a while to find it. Then he came back to see if we had some kind of thing to pound poles into the ground. Yep, but we had to find it. Then Connie came back to see if we had a caulk gun. Yep, but give us a minute to find it. You’d have thought we had a party going on around here today with all the folks coming and going. We enjoyed all the visitors!
Then, Chad called:
Chad: Mom, don’t ask any questions . . but, do we have towing insurance?
Me: I don’t know. Look at your insurance card and there should be a number to call. Call them and see. What happened?
Chad: My truck isn’t running and I’m in Kansas City!
Me: Where in KC?
Chad: On the side of the interstate. I’ll call you back.
You know it seemed like an eternity before he called me back.
He called back and told me he does have towing insurance. They pay 50. He didn’t know if they paid the first $50 or if they paid for 50 miles and he was going to have it towed all the way back to Wal-Mart in Nevada, which was over 100 miles. I’m thinking . . you’re going to be real surprised at the bill. Then he called me back to tell me that the tow truck guy called and said it was going to cost $300 over what the insurance company was paying so Chad decided to come up with another option.
It ended up that one of his good friends lives not far out of Kansas City so Chad called him. He’s engaged and his future father-in-law works on big engines at work but he also has restored several old cars so he knows how to work on vehicles. He also had a big flat trailer so he came and met them, loaded Chad’s truck on his trailer and took it to his house. Chad, who doesn’t know much about mechanics, thought it was the alternator so they bought an alternator but it wasn’t that. They’ve figured out that it’s the fuel pump, which is kind of an issue in that model truck. The old guy Chad bought the truck from told him that was something that would go wrong.
They’re leaving the truck at the man’s house. Nicole’s parents are going to KC to get them. They can’t get back to Kansas City til Tuesday but they’ll go back then and the man will help them change the fuel pump and hopefully everything will be good. The man wants Chad to be there while he’s working on it and that’s probably a good thing. The more Chad sees, the more likely he will be to learning something useful.
It’s hard to not be there to help solve Chad’s problems but I guess that’s what growing up is all about, huh?