I used a 25 dollar gift card someone gave me to buy groceries today. Then I took CJ to the tire place to get the tire fixed. The nice man who aired up my tires at Fred Meyer found a nail, and the tires warranty is at Discount Tire across town. CJ behaved like a normal 11 year old boy – BETTER than most 11 year olds I know. We walked to the Dollar Tree and I let him do some shopping. We bought hats and gloves (we didn’t realize how cold it was outside) and some snacks. He picked out a Spiderman bag to carry his stuff in. We waited at Discount Tire for about an hour and a half – and during that time, he whined a little bit, so I took him for a walk outside where he got too cold and tried to bolt for the car – which was still in the parking lot waiting to be pulled into a bay. I convinced him to go back inside, and shortly they pulled the car around. We watched through the window as they had three people working on the car! They found a piece of metal in another tire, but it wasn’t leaking so we’re okay. Rotated, changed, done – CJ was relieved when they said the car would be out front in a minute. I praised him all the way home. I cannot believe how well that went. He had to remain calm for an indefinite amount of time in a strange place with no reward offered for good behavior. Um….. SCORE!
But even better, because I bought the warranty, the new tire was only 25 bucks. The Gift Card basically bought the tire. And now, I do not have to worry about my tires for a while. Check that off the list.
Once I just got a hand-hold in the storm, I knew I could chop my way out. 🙂