New Year's Day began like this: an 8 hour drive ahead of us, 4 brand new tires on the Xterra, and no kids within yelling distance.
Sounds pretty great, right?
30 minutes down the road, the gps sends us down a highway that is closed. Then we stop to check the air pressure in the tires and they start to leak air--3 of the brand new tires! With one almost completely flat, we begin the search for an open auto shop...on New Year's Day.
Hammond, Indiana, home of the Horseshoe Casino--"a winning place to play!", we passed a fire station. They help everyone, right?
"We dont't do that sort of thing, man! We put out fires!" (That is a direct quote.) But another fireman had a tool we could use to tighten the air valves and all was right in the world. On we went...nearly 2 hours after we entered the industrial town of Hammond.
Is this an omen for how 2011 will go? I could choose to believe that and it would probably become true. Or I could choose to laugh at the incident, concentrate on the kindness of the creative fireman and the joy of getting time with my husband without the kids, and expect the best of the new year.
I choose the latter.
How did your New Year begin? Did it set the tone for what you expect of the new decade?
Happy New Year, friends! I wish you all many great writing days...and many smiles.