Today we went out for lunch with my mom. We always have fun with her because my mother is just amazing and a delight to be around… today wasn’t any different.
During lunch my mother shared a story that made me say, “I’m totally blogging about that!”
The story took place many years ago when my mother’s Aunt Evelyn and Uncle Frank both worked as toll collectors on the Connecticut Turnpike (I-95).
They had to drive their own vehicles to work because they worked opposite shifts.
One morning, my Aunt Evelyn woke up to find that her red Ford had been stolen from their driveway.
They reported the theft to the local police but the car was never recovered. Not being in a position to purchase a new car, they had to come up with another plan.
Everyday, Uncle Frank drove Aunt Evelyn to work in the morning, picked her up from work in the afternoon, then went to work his shift at night… only to repeat the entire process the next day.
Aunt Evelyn knew that this was a lot on my Uncle Frank. After a few weeks, she told him, “You don’t have to drive me to work anymore, I’m going to take the bus.”
And take the bus she did!
Back and forth on the bus from home to work and from work back home.
Weeks passed and turned into months.
On her way to work one morning, the bus slowed to stop at a red light.
Aunt Evelyn was sitting at a window seat, watching the morning hustle and bustle outside.
“Wait is that my car?” She thought, as she noticed a red vehicle parked on the side of the street.
She got off the bus to get a closer look and read the license plate.
It was her car!
She reached deep into her pants pocket and pulled out the car keys that were still on her key chain.
Slowly, she slid the key into the door and it unlocked.
Aunt Evelyn moved into the driver’s seat and put the key into the ignition.
To her surprise, the engine started with a roar.
You could say, my Aunt Evelyn “stole” her car back that day, or just “reclaimed” what was rightfully hers.
Feeling victorious, she drove to work in her own car.
I would have loved to have seen Uncle Frank’s face when Aunt Evelyn returned from work driving her red Ford and recounted that incredible story.
I think the only thing that would have given me more pleasure than that, would have been to have seen the look on the thief’s face when he walked outside and realized that the car he stole, had now been stolen from him.
Karma! I love it when it comes full circle… and I love it when it makes me laugh out loud!