Monday, November 17, 2014

Thirty Days of Mr. Rogers ... Day Seventeen

Mr. Rogers said, "Love and trust, in the space between what's said and what's heard in our life, can make all the difference in this world."

I was taking my Mustang to the mechanic's shop for some minor work the other evening, and it quit on me while I was at the gas station.

Fortunately, there is a trustworthy repair shop not too far from there, and they dispatched their roll-back right away.

"It always helps to have people we love beside us when we have to do difficult things in life."

There she goes, all strapped down and heading to the repair shop ... just not exactly the way I intended, and with another problem to repair besides the original one.

It was a great sense of relief to see her being safely unloaded at the shop.  My mechanic will take good care of her.

Me:  The incident with my Mustang is a good example of how wonderful it is to have people that you trust to help you.  When the car's starter shorted and the engine wouldn't shut off, I called my husband and he came with tools to disconnect the battery cable and shut off the engine.  The tow truck driver was quick and polite and I knew that he would take great care of my car while it was on its way to Fredericksburg to the shop.  My mechanic is one of my favorite people, and I absolutely trust him to do whatever is necessary to get my car back onto the road again.

The downside of the lesson of that evening is this:  In the ten minutes or so between when my car malfunctioned and when my husband arrived with the tools to get the engine turned off, no one at the crowded convenience store offered any sort of assistance.  I had the situation in hand, so it wasn't necessary to have outside help ... but there I was, classic Mustang with its engine racing and its hood raised, and no one came over to see if I was okay.  If I had truly needed help, I would have gone looking for it ... but it would have been nice if someone offered.

During the month of November, I plan to share wisdom from Mr. Rogers with you each day (from the book "The World According to Mr. Rogers") ... Mr. Rogers's words accompanied by everyday images from life here at Hartwood Manor ... this place that I am blessed to call HOME.


  1. Hit 3 deer earlier this year at full speed.

    Managed to coast into a gas station.

    Got out, looked at the damage, and burst into sobbing/racking tears.

    Gas station manager came outside and held me tight and said, 'everything will be fine.'

    She held me until I stopped crying.

    More grace that night but enough said.

    So glad you didn't have major stress with this.

    Hot DAMN, your car.

    Garden & Be Well, XOT

  2. I find that the world is full of good people but sometimes we aren't where they are! Glad you had it well in hand!

  3. I cannot begin to count the number of times my husband has stopped to help people when they are stranded with their car. He's not a mechanic but has alot of know how with cars....I'm so sorry someone wasn't there to help you. It can make you feel very alone in this world.....Hugs! deb

  4. Love your car! and I'm so glad it all came together in the end. I don't understand people...

  5. Girl, with your self-sufficience, they probably didn't think you needed help. LOL! Sorry that gorgeous girl has a problem, but glad to hear she is in capable hands.

  6. Our little Freddie Patch has grown so much that some of us have forgotten what is really important. So glad that you were in a safe place. ♥

  7. What a beautiful car! What year is it? Is it a convertible? I have a 1967 red Mustang with a white ragtop; not driving it much in this nasty weather though.
    Great Mr. R quote...OH so true!

  8. Glad it all turned out ok. Beautiful Mustang!!! My first car was a Mustang... but nothing like that!

  9. I'm glad you are married to a wonderful man and have an awesome mechanic! Both are priceless these days. xox

  10. Sweet ride, Connie. This morning the news reports are full of inspiring people going beyond the pale helping others through the storms restoring my faith in humanity.


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