Friday, July 13, 2007

Aisha and the terrible, horrible no good very bad day?

It was one of those days. You know: alarm doesn't go off. Your car is at E. You're late. Traffic blows. The parking deck for class is full. All the others are $25 because there's an exhibition in town. The Hyatt charges $5/hr so you figure you'll leave after three hours. Class is done you give the valet the ticket and he looks at it, and then at you in a strange sort of way and says oh... the Honda? And you get nervous because he looks much like a doctor about to deliver bad news. And he tells you your battery died and they're trying to jump start it. Which they do. You drive out the garage but in your frazzled state miss the exit, take the wrong highway towards the wrong part of town with your needle so below E you didn't know it was possible, so ou take the first exit to the only gas station in the area which charges accordingly and has a line of people accordingly. Gas finally gets filled but your car won't start. And as you sit beads of sweat trickling down your neck wondering what you will do a cop pulls up next to you to get gas. And he gives you a really nasty annoyed expression when asked for help but says he will. As you lift the hood another guy walks over and says he'll help if you give him coke. This seems perfectly worth it so you buy him one and he proceeds to spill its contents over the corroded portion of the battery and gives a jump and says all is well now. It is. You thank the stranger and the cop sheepishly apologizes for being annoyed but he was on his way to help his partner on the side road who is out of gas after a failed high speed chase.

Though it took me 2.5 hours to reach home I can't get over how lucky I was that I parked at the Hyatt so someone could help me jump start my car. And how lucky I was that I took the wrong turn and ended up at a gas station where a police officer and a kind stranger could help me. I'm so thankful that there are people out there who will see someone in trouble and instead of thinking "not my problem" will finish the sentence "but I'll help anyways" Thank you kind stranger who will never read this but who I appreciate so much for reminding me of the good that exists in the world, all corners of it. And thank you Officer not just for helping but for apologizing. You helped me feel better towards officers again.

10 comments:

Anya Syed said...

I tripped over your blog link several days ago while Googling for info on Islamabad for a project I'm working on. I'm developing a leadership/education academy for young girls who have been orphaned in Pakistan (inspired by the Oprah Winfrey project in South Africa).

Anyway, I've enjoyed the detour reading about your perspectives and musings (i.e. ABCD & such) as my own little ones are . . . 1/2 gori ABCD's (wink, sounds like a Starbucks order, no?). You're a fascinating young woman. Love your voice. Keep it coming!

Anya Syed

mystic-soul said...

lol...

but what a post and takeaway from events...

This is among one of your classic post !!

Tee said...

YES! YES! YES! This is what I'm talking about - perspective!

"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."

-Winston Churchill

(BTW - I love the book that your post title comes from. :)

Huda said...

Ahhh, now I understand the Facebook status! At dinner, Kashif just said you were studying... not that you'd had a horrible Friday the 13th. :-( I'm so glad you found somebody to help you; sometimes on a day like that, it's the only thing that keeps you from going straight to bed when you get home!

Hope things get better soon... you're almost there!

Aisha said...

Anya welcome to the blog and thank you for your encouragement! It means a lot. I love your name btw- my best friend in highschool, her name was anya and so the name has a special place in my heart for me :0)

Mystic, Huda, Tee, thanks :) My car is actually dead at the moment. I'm trying to just be tahnkful at least its at home and not sitting on the side of the road but it is quite stressful since my exam is coming up soon and I'll need a car.... :(

The friendly lion said...

very true, could have been much worse! its amazing how sometimes things link leading to different results than what could have been if an alternate route had been taken. i'm a little worried with the trend you have going on! first the computer, now the car :(
hope all turns out to be fine eventually!

Aisha said...

TFL... oh its so many more things than that going wrong at the same time... its really very disturbing. :( thanks for the well wishes.

Anonymous said...

Remember cops are just human beings too. They have good days and bad days just like we all do.

Anonymous said...

I don't know which part of US you resides BUT Here in Yankeeville Cops aren't allowed to jump start a car. You need to call AAA or Tow truck to jump start your car, of course you need $$ to get thier service Dah!

Jane said...

Was this your Friday the 13th? Too weird! I was explaining to my son the superstition behind it and why people think it was bad luck. He later told me it was a lucky day because everything he wished for came true. When asked what he had wished for he casually replied,"I forgot."

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