In the distance
It was a hot sultry summer day. The humidity was high and the air heavy making it difficult to breathe. I had volunteered to drive my mom to dialysis because it was obvious she wasn’t feeling well. She accepted my invitation without any fuss which was unusual for her. Usually she demanded to drive herself. I could ride along, and she preferred I did…but it was her car, her appointment, and she was perfectly capable of getting there on her own power thank you very much.
Today was different. Not a good day, but she would never admit it. I was in my early 20’s at the time and simply loved my little Dodge Shelby Charger. In my younger days it was my habit to crank the tunes and floor the gas pedal. On this particular day, I also cranked the air conditioning. We made it to the kidney center without incident and my mom did her time on the machine. Amazingly enough 4 hours always passed pretty quickly. I often would lose myself between the covers of a good book, or would take along my latest crochet project to work on. It was also fun to roam the corridors under the hospital taking the dark eerie passages up to the sunny cafeteria where the food was better than fair. One little girl who always was in the waiting room made a constant practice of grossing me out with the doll she was never without. It was one of those “Baby Alive” dolls that when fed poops. This kid loved performing dipstick checks on this doll hoping against hope that some of this doll’s fake poop would come out on her finger. Disgusting!! I vowed then and there that if I ever had a daughter, she would never own a doll that pooped.
After dialysis, the heat seemed just as oppressive and I could see my mom was not feeling well at all as I cruised onto the interstate, floored my little car, and headed toward the sanctuary of home. All of a sudden I noticed the traffic behind me falling back and a tire bouncing away from my car into the distance toward the ditch. Oh Lord!! That was my tire!! I was going 85 miles per hour and struggled with the wheel as I let the car cruise to a stop alongside the road. Traffic zoomed past as I came to a stop and looked with panic at my mother who was looking a little green under the gills. What to do?? I glanced in my rear view mirror and spotted a police car with lights flashing cruising to a stop behind my car.
I can honestly say I have never been so happy to see a police car with flashing lights stopped behind me before or since!! The officer was very kind, and as soon as I explained the situation about my mother’s condition and the tire which was pretty obvious, he volunteered his assistance. He arranged for a tow truck, helped me get my mom into his air conditioned squad car and drove us home. The thought of being stranded alongside the road with my mom who was sick didn’t bear thinking. After my tire bounced off into the distance, a police officer appeared to save the day. It seems objects really are closer than they appear in the distance.