In our family we have an on-going joke. It’s sort of like a superstition. You could even call it an old wives’ tale, if you keep in mind that I’m the old wife.
It started a few years ago when hubby and I were visiting the kids in college. It was a special occasion that called for a fancy lunch. But shortly after picking up the kids at the dorm, the car ran over a nail and got a flat tire. We limped into a parking space in front of the restaurant. “Well,” hubby said, “That’s what we have AAA for. I’ll just call them and… oh no. I forgot my phone at home.”
Luckily I did have my phone. We called. They changed the tire while we enjoyed our lunch. All’s well that ends well.
And that was the beginning of the family joke: If you leave the house without your phone, you’ll get a flat tire.
Anyone walking out the door is reminded to carry their phone, or else you know what will happen. It’s become part of the checklist I say to myself when I go out; Keys. Wallet. Phone.
I should add knitting to that list too. Most times I bring a small project with me. I can usually manage to sneak in a few rows somewhere. Last friday I did lots of knitting while I got a pedicure, and then some more while I waited for my car to get washed. But I didn’t bring any knitting with me yesterday and I regretted it.
I just had to zip to the grocery store, get a couple of things, and zip back home again. The only problem was that my car didn’t want to zip. The battery died in the supermarket parking lot. AAA to the rescue again. And although it only took 15 minutes for them to arrive, I could have made good use of the time by knitting.
So I’ve learned my lesson: If you leave the house without your knitting, your car battery will die.
And when I go out, my new mental checklist will be: Keys. Wallet. Phone. Knitting.