Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Oops (01/14/10)
TITLE: A Sorry Tale
By Darlene Casino
LEAVE COMMENT ON ARTICLE
SEND A PRIVATE COMMENT
ADD TO MY FAVORITES
My friend lived at the end of a narrow, dirt road. While it was possible to drive in, it was necessary to back down the road about half way till I could turn around in a little parking area, and drive forward. Putting my new SUV in reverse, I slowly began down the road looking over my shoulder, past a long, white picket fence and backing into the little turnaround area.
The car jolted to a stop just as I heard a sound of metal against metal and my own voice respond, “Oops.” I couldn’t see a thing out my rear view window so I slowly exited the car and walked to the back of the vehicle. I found my rear light on the driver’s side hanging out of its socket. Under that was a small, ugly crease in the rear panel. On the ground was a piece of broken plastic casing. I had been rear ended by a low rising dumpster!
I placed the light back in place and slowly headed on my way. I was relieved to see the light working in a shop window as I passed by. But what would ‘Himself’ have to say, I wondered.
Several miles down the road, as I stopped for a red light, I heard a noise. Glancing in the mirror I noted the light was hanging once again. Determining that this would probably make the damage worse, and knowing
I still had a good twenty miles to drive, I stopped at the next convenience store to get some tape. As I looked over what was available, my eyes rested on a roll of grey tape. “Bingo”
‘Himself’ had used this often down through the years to fix broken things; like broken toys and pipes and book bindings. He’d even used it on con-
struction sites to mend tears in his clothes or button-less shirt cuffs!
“Duct tape works on anything!” he’d often proclaim.
Taking my miracle solution to the register, I noted a mechanic type man standing in line. “Sir, maybe you could help me.” I whined. I just backed into a dumpster and my rear light is hanging. Will I damage the finish on my new car if I use this to hold it in place?"
He gave me a strange look, then a little smirk and replied, “Just use a little and remove it as soon as possible.”
I followed his direction and was soon on my way.
“Honey, I’ve got a little question.” I purred into my cell phone. “Would you use duct tape to hold a car light in place…well, if it fell out…well, if a dumpster hit it?” The voice on the other end was quiet for a moment. “Are you okay?” He asked. “Just come on home, I’ll check it out.”
True to his word, ‘Himself’ was waiting as I drove up the driveway. Carefully, he removed the tape and surveyed the damage. He then put a roll of the tape around the frame and reinserted the light. I was impressed, it wasn’t even detectable…except for the little crease just to the side and under the light. A little paint, and one might not even see it. But it was a new car and I knew it was there.
The insurance company was very helpful, even concerned that I might have been hurt. They sent me to their affiliate to have the damage assessed. I was
informed that the whole light unit had to be replaced and the little crease repaired.
“No problem. The insurance will take care of this. We’ll need a couple of days to do the work once we have the part. You won’t be inconvenience as
we can give you a rental out of here.” The man offered.
“What will it cost?” I inquired.
“Oh, under $1200 dollars minus your deductible.” He responded.
A few weeks later my car was as good as new. I had not been inconvenienced, it had only cost me my deductible and all was well with my world. That was until ‘Himself’ got an insurance notification informing us that I had been assessed a 3 point surcharge for the next seven years! This occurred while the company was advertising on television about their one time ‘forgiveness’ benefit for their insurers. It seems I was over 50% responsible for colliding with the dumpster.
“Himself’ took action. He divorced our insurers. In a few weeks the car will go into the garage to have a backup warning system installed. I no longer
drive all the way into my friend’s house.
To think, a little duct tape and a dab of paint might have fixed my problem,
but I had insurance for such a time as this…
The opinions expressed by authors may not necessarily reflect the opinion of FaithWriters.com.
If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be right now. CLICK HERE
JOIN US at FaithWriters for Free. Grow as a Writer and Spread the Gospel.