Welcome back to Tire Mom! Oregon was next on my agenda, and after visiting with life-long friends and some family in Portland, I drove down to Eugene. It’s a college town, and my Tire Mom #35 was the wife of a grad student.
If you’ve been following my journey, you know that I am no stranger to having a husband in school, not to mention raising kids at the same time. So, yeah, I related to Laura and couldn’t wait to buy her a new set of tires. That didn’t meet ALL the challenges that young family was facing, but it was at least one they could check off the long list.
I had a list, too, so I had to leave the next day. But I still tried to savor the time I had there – finding a Hobbit House with friend Lois (who actually had a Hobbit bedroom in her home where I slept, feeling as if I were beneath the protective leaves in the Shire), eating lemongrass soup, and discovering that Lois and I were 12th cousins. Twelfth. I was learning that we are all connected in one way or another.
It’s comment time. Will you tell us about a younger person whose current life you could relate to in your own memories? Have you offered help in some way? If not – what’s stopping you? Those who have “been there” are in the best position to pass on wisdom and empathy. (If not tires!)