A few weeks after their wedding John and I took all the
wedding presents down to Brittany and Dan’s in Charleston
. Since they had left from our
house for their honeymoon and went straight home afterwards our car was packed
to the gills!
While we were there the newlyweds had a Pig Pickin so they
could use some of their new stuff and we could visit with their friends. We had
stayed with them quite a bit before the wedding, but this seemed like a new
beginning. From here on we were in-laws and of course we wanted our new
son-in-law to want us to visit as much as our daughter did.
(Or at the very least not mind too much!) At the end I was
pleased with how smooth the trip went.
A month later we went back for Christmas. When we stay with
them we like to take them out to eat one night. This time we picked a
restaurant downtown that we had tried once before and really liked. We also
decided to go on Christmas Eve and Brittany
would cook the Christmas Day dinner.
Again, everything went smoothly. Dinner was delicious,
atmosphere delightful: we were having a terrific “first Christmas Eve” as a new
family…until about 10:30 when we walked out of the restaurant and into the
parking lot next door.
It was empty!
For a brief minute we wondered where we had parked. Then we
all realized at the same moment we HAD parked there and the car was gone! In
disbelief we walked around the empty lot thinking that the car would
mysteriously reappear. No such luck. A sign was discovered instead at the very
back of the lot which said “Private Parking” along with a phone number for the
Tow Truck company!
After calling the Tow company to find out where they were we
managed to get a cab and drive to North
. $130.00 plus cab fare later we were in our
was feeling partially responsible because they go to that restaurant all the
time and apparently have parked there before with no incident. I overheard her
whisper to Dan in the taxi, asking if he had any money. But I told her it
wasn’t her fault and to forget that.
Once in the car I realized this could either ruin Christmas
or I could do something about it. So I mentioned a few times in the past we had
left our car in questionable spots in various cities and then worried it would
be towed the whole time we were gone until, relieved, I saw it again.
Then John mentioned something he had “gotten away with” in
the past. Then Brittany
Finally I said, “Karma sucks!” And we all laughed.
While we all learned a lesson to always check carefully where
we are leaving the car (especially in Charleston
we also have a family memory that could have ended on a sour note, but didn’t.
I was also reminded that it is in my power to change my
attitude and that makes all the difference in the world!
Maybe having a son-in-law is going to be a good influence on
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