Notes from Jan

A Snowball for an SUV

January 7, 2017

My car needed minor maintenance.   For one, it needed a new headlight. After my two eldest Grands, Lily and Luke, pointed this out, I felt relieved to know I wasn’t losing my eyesight.

A woman, dressed like someone out of “Fargo”,  welcomed me to the service center at the car dealership, assuring me it wouldn’t be long before someone would tend to all my needs.

If only.

While she scooped snow trapped beneath my windshield wipers, I remained in the driver’s seat, window open, awaiting the promised help from anyone in this unheated four lane garage.

Before my wide eyes, she began patting and shaping a snowball of formidable size.  I tried guessing her target.  Several mechanics and service men moved among the cars.  None with bullseyes.

Then, I spotted him as he gave her the evil eye.  Still clutching the snowball, she stuck her head in my open window and said,”He deserves it.  They’ve brought him back from the dead a couple of times and he’s not thankful.  He’s the meanest SUV I know!”

Considered correcting her initials, then figured she worked in a garage and an SUV might’ve been  the worst thing she could think of.

When I left, she still gripped the snowball, though smaller, like some SUVs.


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  • Reply Gail MacDonald January 7, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Thanks friend, for making my day! Your humor is ready to operate no matter where you are –
    And it is contagious and helpful! Thank you!

    • Reply Mark Taylor January 7, 2017 at 5:33 pm

      Gail, I was praying for you and Gordon last week. Where are you now?

  • Reply wendy lane January 7, 2017 at 6:44 pm


  • Reply Elizabeth Payne January 9, 2017 at 6:41 am

    This made me chuckle and wonder what my garage is really thinking when I call for an appointment for my 98 Jeep. We’re not ready to give up Big Mike, not as long as they can still figure out how to keep him going! But if there were enough snow to make a snowball here, Big Mike might be a target!

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