Molly Hassler wrote this about what happened 10 years ago when she had car trouble.
Molly grew up with out a dad.
She never learned about cars.
Until this happened 10 years ago.
I thought it as a perfect Sunday read.
Here’s her post:
I was 18 years old.
I was at the AM/PM in Fairfield.
My car was blowing up.
It was smoking from under the hood.
Apparently you’re supposed to check the fluids and get like oil changes.
It was late.
I’m this young and dumb blond completely confused on what to do….
This man in his mid 40’s, rolled up in his truck and asked what’s going on with your car?
I told him:
I’m not sure it’s overheating.
Are their fluids?
Um I don’t know.
Didn’t your dad ever teach you about how to check your fluids?
I never had a dad.
The man then got out of his truck and spent over an hour with me.
He went over CAR 101 with me.
Not only did he teach me how to check my fluids.
He also showed me how to add fluids.
He then began to go over the basics with me.
This is where your spare tire is.
This is now you change a tire.
This is how you crank your car up on the jack that comes with your car.
He then fixed the car and I drove home with a car that wasn’t overheating anymore.
All right there in the AM/PM parking lot.
It sounds kind of silly….
But he would show me how to do things and then say:
Okay now it’s your turn to show me.
And then he would say thinks like:
Look at you!
You’re doing a great job!
He was fun and funny.
I drove away thinking how cool would it be if he was MY dad.
Anyways it’s now ten years later and I’ve never told that story to anyone.
I wish I could remember his name.
You are the reason why I was also to give another young lady a car 101 class.
Two days ago I was at Chevron and funny enough it was like that day all over again.
The tables were turned.
There was this young girl whose car was smoking.
And I pulled up and asked:
Are there fluids in the car?
Confused as all hell I showed her how…
I haven’t thought that much about that experience over the last ten years.
But it brought me back to that simple kindness.
Thank you mystery man for being my gas station parking lot dad who taught me Car 101.
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