Welcome back to Tire Mom! One thing you’ll need to know about the
journey is that I didn’t just set out and drive willy-nilly across the country. I
divided the trip into 4 Loops. You and I are on the first one now.
On April 10, 2018, Wolverine, Gimli and I set out for
Chatham County, North Carolina, to buy tires for my friend Eileen.
As I drove down Route 85, I felt a calm. It was an unfamiliar sensation at
that point in my life, but not surprising, given the lushness that blanketed
either side of the road. It was like driving through a rich green tunnel.
Eileen had picked out the best tire shop in town. I think she was
surprised, if not a little embarrassed, that in spite of that good reputation I
asked the technician a lot of questions. I mean, a lot. Yeah, I was beginning to
realize I wasn’t always going to make a friend in every tire shop I went to!
This was where I also saw very clearly that the whole VW and trailer
thing would have been a distraction from my purpose. I left the tire store with
a new sense of clear purpose. I completely understood what I needed to do and how to
do it. Eileen and her family now knew how to check their “Tire Halo,” and it was my
hope that everyone she knew was going to be on the ground, checking the numbers on
Yes. I was doing this.
But that wasn’t the only thing I gained from my short 24 hours with
Eileen’s group. It was actually a comfort to be with them, something I needed.
I truly wasn’t alone on this journey.
You aren’t either. If you’d like to leave a comment, please do! Tell us who
or what comforts you when loneliness starts to overwhelm you.
Diana Hubner, the Tire Mom