When Beth showed up at moms she was sobbing. She said that her brakes had just gone out. She cried and cried. I hugged her until she calmed down. I moved her car out of the drive and back into it to see if it was really the brakes so that I could tell the garage. The brakes did work some but I needed to push all of the way to the floor to get the car to stop. We called my towing place. They said that they would be right over. Mom, Beth and I had time to talk while we waited for the tow truck. It is nice to have quiet time together. Actually mom and I talked and Beth played a game on her phone, but she was in the same room. The tow truck came. It was the same driver that came to tow my car from work, from Beth’s school, from my house and now Beth’s car from moms house. My car brakes a lot. Beth had gotten her things out of her car and had loaded them in into my car before the driver showed up. She was so sad, she had never had her car towed away before. We followed the driver to the garage in my car. I always like to have Beth, or any of my kids, in the front seat of the car, they talk more. I don’t even need to ask any questions, they just keep talking.
We got the car dropped off. I showed Beth how to write a note for the garage describing the problem. I had her put the garages phone number and the towing companies phone number in her phone. She was so sad to leave her car. I said that it was like when a parent takes their child to a friends house for the first time. The separation is tough, but you trust the people that the kids are with and when you pick them up, you can tell each other about the adventures that you have had. This made her feel better, that we trusted the people and that the car would come back to her. Beth is so independent, she needs a lot of friends, and the car is her key to the world. Mom is going to take Beth to work tomorrow.
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