Sunday, 14 June 2015
"How many times have you rolled a vehicle?"
There are surely few 70-year-old women who could be heard casually asking this question of their female friends. I recall that my sister-in-law has rolled cars 3 times that I know of. This is not because she is wild, a little scatter-brained perhaps, garrulous yes, and certainly at times lacking in concentration. She, now 75, and she and her 77 year-old husband have just flown down to Cape Town to pick up my car (we decided we don't need two any more). They have spent a few days with us and now plan to drive the 800 miles back to East London tomorrow and Tuesday. They will drive for about 5 hours each day, stopping over at friends about half-way. The purpose of this post is to ask you all to please send up a prayer for their safe journey. I would do the same, except that I haven't as yet decided whether there is really a loving God. I do however, think that this pair have guardian angels. Once, my sister-in-law lost her deceased mother's wedding ring, while gardening; eventually after hours of searching she stood in the middle of her lawn, sent up a prayer, looked down and there the ring was, shining in the grass. Recently, their old car gave problems and on the way to visit them in a remote area, we were phoned and asked to pick up the necessary part at one of the big towns on our route. We obtained the part but the dealer didn't have the small split pin required. There was no other parts shop in the vicinity, so hubby said he could make a plan with a piece of wire. However, on the way back to our car, I happened to look down and there on the paving in front of me was a brand new split pin, exactly the right size. My other worry is that my brother-in-law may fall asleep at the wheel on such a long trip. He's done it before. As I said, if you can just send them positive thoughts for the next few days. I'll notify their safe arrival. Their names are Roline and Christopher. My best comfort is that my/their Mercedes AClass A170 will look after them if they do have an accident: it has a very strong body and safety record.