Thursday, February 18, 2010

Brady and I Changed his First Flat Tire

I keep my cellphone on vibrate most of the time, so I didn't get Brady's text that he had a flat tire. Rob finally reached me a while later, and since he was out of town, I donned my "rescue persona" - a mix of "I'm coming to help you, honey!" and "Dangnabit, I'm not in the mood for this" - and headed out, after changing into clothes I didn't mind getting dirty. Brady's never changed a flat before, so I had visions of me doing most of it, teaching my boy how it's done, getting my hands dirty.

So this is where I think I'm still needed. "Here, let me show you how to do the jack."

"I know how to do the jack, Mom."

"Well, maybe I should make sure it doesn't slip."

"It won't slip, Mom."

"The last time I tried to change a tire, I couldn't get the lug nuts off so I had to get help. But for the record, I KNOW how to change a tire. Don't think I play 'helpless female' because I don't."
"Ok, Mom."
Brady's friend, Joe Convoulsion Bubenzer, smiles nervously.

"See? Those lug nuts are a b*tch to get off, aren't they? We might need help."
"I'll get it, Mom."

"I wonder if there's a service station nearby?"
"Mom, I'll GET it."

"Wow, you got it. How do you know how to change a tire anyway?"
"I watched Dad once."

"Need me to get anything for you?"

Ho hum... la dee dah.... *twiddles thumbs*...

"I'll put the flat in the trunk for you."
"Ok, Mom, you do that."

So I did.

"Why did I drive all the way up here?"
"Because I didn't have a jack."
So I WAS needed after all.
Nicely done, Brady, nicely done.


Heart Rockin Mama said...

You are a goober nut. Thank you for my morning smile :)

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Jen said...

WAY TO GO BRADY, A JOB WELL DONE! Don't worry Laura, you are ALWAYS needed!

bedroom furniture said...

you always end up getting a flat tire or a broken windshield in the cold. i think it's the pot holes and the gravel that spills out. it's a pain to fix the tire but everyone should know how to do it.

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Tracey - Just Another Mommy Blog said...

Ooooh! I am so eager for my boys to be strong enough to do that for me!

Shawna Coronado said...

To funny, Now you know what to get him for Christmas.

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Joseph said...

So i dont have a name now? I'm just bradys friend

piscesgrrl said...

What are you talking about? Your name is right there! Look again.

Lesa McMahon said...

you could spring for a car wash ;)

Midlife Jobhunter said...

Reminds me that my jack broke last time I changed a tire. Need to put that on my list of things to replace. (Or renew my AAA membership.)

Congrats to your boy. All should know how to do such things.