Friday, November 14, 2008

Four kids and a gas can

I'm still laughing about what happened to me yesterday. I was on my way to pick up Erin and debated whether I should get gas first or right after. So I made the wrong decision. I was about a quarter mile from the pre-school and another quarter mile from the closest gas station when the car ran out of gas. I haven't done that since high school, maybe freshman year of college. So I'm sitting there in the hot car with four little kids and wondering what to do (I was watching another kid). I couldn't leave the kids and while I had my cell phone, it was of course out of battery (keep in mind this is the lady that just ran out of gas-is it any surprise?) I finally charge my phone enough to call Jared but of course he isn't answering. I start thinking of friends who live close by but once again, I don't have their numbers in my phone.


Nobody was stopping to help so I saw no other choice but to walk to the gas station. Of course I didn't have a stroller, although I was very glad I made Alex put on shoes, so I had everyone hold hands as we made the trek. I can only imagine how ridiculous I looked holding a baby carrier in one hand, a leaky gas can in the other and trying to make sure the 4 year old, the 3 year old and the 2 year old didn't run into the street! About half way there a very kind family noticed the crazy lady with more kids than she could handle. Feeling very sorry for me they took the gas can, filled up the car and drove it back to me. Thanks goodness for nice people! Though it was a bit frustrating, I couldn't stop thinking how funny the whole thing was while it was happening.

10 comments:

Mindy said...

Laura-

I am pretty sure you ran out of gas at least once while we were living in King Henry and you were sharing that truck (?) with Katie- the two of you playing chicken with the gas gauge to see who would fill up the tank first. :) I wish I had been there to help you out- I am glad some one finally stopped to help you!

Lisa said...

Oh my goodness, I'm so sorry that happened!! I'm glad someone came to the rescue. Boy, it's always something, isn't it?

Anonymous said...

No that was your freshman year and I was the one who ran out of gas.. guess you won that game of chicken!
Katie

Laura said...

I'm with Mindy on this. Why does this not surprise me. I'm glad you can see the humor in it. You have always been so good at that.

By the way, nice to hear from Katie. What are you up to these days?

Laura said...

In my defense, though I did have many car mishaps during college (like the alternator dying and getting my dad's car towed), I don't think I actually ran completely out of gas myself (I remember exactly where I was all the other times in high school). I take the blame for making Katie run out... sorry, again. Who would have thought that the jag would run out just going 1 mile?

Corrine said...

Hey-I'm impressed you had a gas can! I would have been filling up a Polly Pockets carrying case or something! You were ready for an emergency!

Holly and Steve said...

that is a classic story, you are problalby glad you documented it!

Max Evans said...

The important thing is that you could laugh about it!

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