Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Roller Coasters and Chicken Soup

One of our sons phoned home today. His car had been broken into - a nasty surprise as he was setting out for work, especially since his car is the only treasure he's allowed himself.

In the first call I could hear and share his horror at how the car seemed spoiled; broken glass; the middle of the dashboard ripped out; everything left wide open, even the trunk, and contents strewn. But he took deep breaths, many and slow, called the insurance and began to feel like life would go on. Broken glass; missing radio; phone charger and other details that would need to be replaced. He could cope with that.

Then came the third call when he'd looked again, to make sure the glass and radio would be easy to fix. They wouldn't though - the glass had been pried from the frame which was bent, scratched and torn; the radio had been carelessly yanked leaving cracks and shredded wires. So the emotional roller coaster goes on; insurance, body shop, estimate, shock, insurance, body shop, etc.

Meanwhile "Chicken Soup"s looking for stories about parenting moments - could I say that this was one? I'll have to ask our son if I can write about it. Grown up, left home with a life of his own, but beloved and always our child. I hope the car gets fixed soon.


Helen Ginger said...

How awful for your son. I've only had one car broken into, many years ago. It was a new van and I'd parked it at a hotel. The next morning, it had a window broken and the center console ripped out. It's such a shock and violation.

This sounds like a story you could write about. If this is too "raw" still to ask your son about, you might consider writing the piece first. One, to make sure you can create a Soup story out of it and two, to be able to let him read it and decide if it's okay to share it, and three, to give him a little time between the event and reading the story.

Straight From Hel

Linda Kage said...

Scary. Thank goodness he wasn't around when the vandals came. Cars are more replacable than sons.

Sheila Deeth said...

Thanks Linda. Yes indeed. I'm very glad he's okay.

And Helen, thanks for the encouragement. I'll give it a go and see what he thinks.

Laura Eno said...

It's a sense of being violated. Horrible that people like that are out there.
I agree with Helen. Write it first. The time will give it perspective.

Cold As Heaven said...

Yes, cars are crap, mine wouldn't start today; now it's on the battery charger. The good thing is that it's hard to crash a car that doesn't work

Teri K said...

Our car was seriously vandalized years ago the night before we were set to go on vacation. I remember the kids crying and asking how someone could be so mean and thoughtless. A traumatic event for them, but experiences like that when you're young help develop a sense of compassion for others.
)Not that your son needed to learn that lesson at his age.)