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From: Carol in ME
Date: 02-21-2006, 10:10 PM (1 of 19)
Every once in a while, the life experience we've gained can help someone else.

Today I was eating lunch in my car in the parking lot (it's quiet out there)

A young woman, looking concerned, tapped on my window. She'd locked herself out of her car, and it was running with her two month old baby inside. She was starting to cry. Now, the baby was crying too, but the heat was on in the car. The baby was all right, the Mom had just started to panic. And I had nothing in my car for tools. I could think of several things to resolve this, but each was going to cause a severe dent in the budget of a young woman driving an older car.

I sent her into the department store to ask for some help, and looked once more at what I had on hand. Her window was open a couple inches, but an arm would have to be freakishly long and thin to go far enough to move the lock.

I wedged a ballpoint pen in the hole in the end of the handle of my ice scraper. I put it through the window, angled it as best as I could under what I could see of the lock mechanism, and turned the handle. Success!

I felt like the old character on Saturday Night Live, "Middle-Aged Man," who would step in with solutions or explanations that the younger couple just couldn't fathom. The I realized that I am middle-aged.
User: Carol in ME
Member since: 01-27-2003
Total posts: 105
From: Magot
Date: 02-21-2006, 11:34 PM (2 of 19)
It's called 'wisdom' Carol not age - or 'experience'
well done you on being the rescuer - feels good doesn't it?
love and kisses, Jan
Cells a Speciality
DNA to order.
User: Magot
Member since: 12-22-2002
Total posts: 3626
From: Chrysantha
Date: 02-21-2006, 11:37 PM (3 of 19)'re back !!! :bolt:
:bg: :bg: :bg:
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Total posts: 2414
From: bridesmom
Date: 02-21-2006, 11:56 PM (4 of 19)
Carol, what a nice thing for you to do, so many people would have just shrugged and walked away. And how innovative you are!!
Tickled pink with my Innovis 4000D
User: bridesmom
Member since: 01-21-2004
Total posts: 2026
From: esrun3
Date: 02-22-2006, 02:42 PM (5 of 19)
Good for you Carol! What great thinking you had!
User: esrun3
Member since: 12-02-2004
Total posts: 2345
From: SummersEchos
Date: 02-22-2006, 03:34 PM (6 of 19)
What a nice thing for you to do. Makes you feel bubbley inside doesn't it?

User: SummersEchos
Member since: 09-29-2004
Total posts: 884
From: Dustbunny01
Date: 02-22-2006, 05:45 PM (7 of 19)
what a wonderful thing you did!!
User: Dustbunny01
Member since: 11-11-2005
Total posts: 159
From: Magot
Date: 02-23-2006, 12:37 PM (8 of 19)
..... hang on - are we all just congratualating Carol on her car breaking and entering skills????? :bluewink:
Good job your strength was as the strength of 10 because your heart was pure.
love and kisses, Jan
Cells a Speciality
DNA to order.
User: Magot
Member since: 12-22-2002
Total posts: 3626
From: DorothyL
Date: 02-23-2006, 01:24 PM (9 of 19)
As long as she's not hot wiring them and taking off she's alright.
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Member since: 12-09-2002
Total posts: 3883
From: AndreaSews
Date: 02-23-2006, 05:28 PM (10 of 19)
Middle Aged Man, ha ha! I was thinking of MacGuiver. Remember that show? He fashioned something useful out of almost nothing, on a weekly basis. Good news, Carol!
User: AndreaSews
Member since: 02-18-2005
Total posts: 1007
From: Bama
Date: 02-24-2006, 07:57 PM (11 of 19)
It made me think of Inspector Gadget. :bluewink: Go Gadget go! Remember how he has a tool for everything?
Doesn't it make you feel great to help out someone who was probably too panicky to think straight? Good for you. :up:
User: Bama
Member since: 03-21-2000
Total posts: 2116
From: MotherInLaw
Date: 02-25-2006, 02:38 PM (12 of 19)
Sound like to me just a good women with a lot of common sense. Go Carol. Are you a Mom? That would explain everything if you are, if not you have wonderful common sense. This reminds me of that movie 9-5 with Lilly Tomlin. She was the brains of that outfit. :up:
I'm regressing back into my youth, I just have to figure out how I'm going to convience my body to come along with me.
User: MotherInLaw
Member since: 06-25-2005
Total posts: 1118
From: Carol in ME
Date: 02-26-2006, 09:34 AM (13 of 19)
No, I'm not a Mom, but I have a great one.

Actually, when I popped the lock and tried the handle, I did a happy dance and said an enthusiastic "yes!" (I guess I've grown older, but haven't grown up, yet) Two teenagers walked by and asked, "You're all set, then?" I told them, well, wasn't my car, but the young woman inside the store crying would be happy when she came out.
User: Carol in ME
Member since: 01-27-2003
Total posts: 105
From: Chrysantha
Date: 02-26-2006, 10:13 PM (14 of 19)
I'm a grown up...but I'm refusing to get old...I think we all oughta join that
'club' !!!
User: Chrysantha
Member since: 09-06-2002
Total posts: 2414
From: blackie
Date: 02-28-2006, 01:05 AM (15 of 19)
Awww... You are so sweet! And innovative, too! What a lovely, heart-warming story.

As a mom with young ones, it means so much when a "stranger" shows compassion, let alone actively helps! Believe me, you made this woman's day.
see the mundane life of a housewife.
User: blackie
Member since: 03-31-2004
Total posts: 594
From: gm23237
Date: 03-01-2006, 06:13 PM (16 of 19)
I am only middle aged if I live to be 110 years old.
User: gm23237
Member since: 11-03-2003
Total posts: 145
From: vasallese
Date: 03-02-2006, 07:42 PM (17 of 19)
Dear Carol in ME
Have you heard the Onstar commercials that open doors when you've locked the keys inside? I think we ought to make one for you.
User: vasallese
Member since: 03-01-2006
Total posts: 6
From: rosiek
Date: 03-11-2006, 11:35 PM (18 of 19)
how funny, things like that are cool...... :bluewink: :bg:
Rosiek Rosiek
User: rosiek
Member since: 03-09-2006
Total posts: 2
From: Nina Christen
Date: 03-20-2006, 05:56 PM (19 of 19)
You may brag a LOT!!! You were a :angel: to that Mommy and her Baby.

Bless you!!
Nina :up:
User: Nina Christen
Member since: 05-02-2003
Total posts: 36
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