Stranded

Three firsts for me today—becoming stranded on a busy interstate highway, sitting in a police car, and riding shotgun in a tow truck. I sure hope tomorrow is less eventful.

I was only 59 miles from my destination when the car just stopped. One minute I was going 79 mph and the next I was losing speed like a descending rocket. I made it to the shoulder of the road, but just barely. Fifty-nine miles. Too far to walk, and there was a tornado warning involved.

Standing by the side of the busy interstate watching trucks zoom by at 70 mph and cars going even faster on this 90° day in eastern Illinois, I couldn’t help but wonder if those speeding by me might’ve been inclined to stop and help if I were a 20-something hottie wearing short shorts and a halter top instead of a 64-year-old grandmother dressed like a 64-year-old grandmother.

I guess I could flash my boobs, but that would likely get me arrested.

Calling for assistance was interesting. Press 1 for this and 2 for that and maybe 9 for good measure as I sweated in the heat. I carefully ventured outside of my car and leaned against the opened rear hatch so I could get some air.

Then along came Officer Garrett who let me sit in his patrol car while the tow truck was on its way. Lord love him. With his red and blue lights announcing our presence it was less likely that I’d be run over before help arrived.

But the tow truck is here now, so I guess I need to accept a ride from this man I just met. 😳. If you don’t hear from me again, you’ll know I made the wrong decision, (Spoiler: I successfully arrived at my daughter’s home—hot, tired, and in need of hugs and wine—in that order. Many thanks to my daughter, Ashley, Grandpa Tom and Aunt Stephanie who each played a part in my rescue.)

(I know I switched tenses in this post, but it was a trying day.)

Peace, people!

Author: nananoyz

I'm a semi-retired crazy person with one husband and two cats.

22 thoughts on “Stranded”

  1. I have often wondered the same thing while stuck on the side of the road…..if I was young and gorgeous would someone stop and help? Of course they would lol. I have had cops pass on by me too, so you got me beat on that one lol😆 🤣 Glad you made it to your destination safe. Enjoy your evening.

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      1. Yup. The whole experience. Car randomly breaks down. Cop comes. I wait with cop while tow truck comes. I then sit with tow truck guy back to get car fixed. It actually has happened to me twice. Each time I was alone. And very thankful the cops showed up

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  2. Wow, what a trip! But seriously, Officer Garrett? Synchronicity is following you around. It is deflating when we’re trying to be independent and self-sufficient and then have to ask for help. Puts us in our place, doesn’t it? I have read that allowing others to help us is part of the circle of life. It allows the other people in our lives to fulfill their need to give. Glad you arrived safely.

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