They'll make a movie out of this, just watch!
This is a great story.
If it wasn't, I wouldn't be sitting at my laptop recording this story when there are so many others things demanding my attention.
I have to warn you first, however, if you are expecting a fantastical story that will blow you away and cause you to be filled with great sobs of joy for human goodness by the end of the story, then you should stop now.
The events of this story aren't that big of a deal.
In fact, the title, "They'll make a movie out of this." is somewhat sarcastic because this is just an ordinary story about ordinary people doing ordinary things in an ordinary town on an ordinary day.
So, don't read this if you don't want to read an ordinary story.
Let's begin ...
This is my car.
In this picture the car is dead.
Well, the battery is dead.
I love my car. I love it so much! It is so fun to drive. (I might go a little too fast in it because it drives so smoothly that I just get going too fast!)
There is a reason why the Chevy Malibu is such a popular car, but the battery tests that love! It's a beast and it's complicated to take out and replace.
I took this picture as I was walking away from my car to go sit in a nearby Jack in The Box while I waited for some friends to come rescue me. It was 100 bajillion degrees outside (really only 110°, but it felt hotter.)
From the moment of taking this picture, this is how the order of events went:
1. Some friends from church, Tennille and Nathaniel, arrived. They had a portable charger. That didn't work. They tried to jump start my car with their car. That didn't work. The battery proved to be, as I already knew it would be, very complicated to take out. They were so kind to try, but eventually they had to leave.
2. I called Roadside assistance. The tow truck driver called me 30 minutes later and said he would be another 20 minutes. Then he said, "Ma'am, you're not waiting outside are you?" I tried to pretend that I wasn't, but I guess he could hear the sweat dripping down the back of my neck and he said, "Ma'am I insist that you go inside of the store and wait for me. I'll call you when I get to the parking lot."
3. I did as I was told.
4. The tow truck driver, Manny, took a look at the battery and said "Yup, that's gonna need some special work." He was able, however, to charge my car's battery with his powerful truck and the car started. (There was a bit of juice left over in that old battery after all!) Manny called the auto store where I was planning to go to exchange the battery since it was still under warranty and told them the situation. He got another call to get somewhere on an emergency so he needed to leave. I followed him for as far as I could just because it felt safe. Eventually, I needed to turn right when he needed to go straight, but as I turned the car I looked over at Manny and he waved. He had known I was following him and I felt like he had been looking out for me. That was a really nice feeling.
5. Francisco at the auto-parts store was ready and waiting for me. He was kind and funny and we laughed a lot during the whole exchange process, but he wasn't able to help me take out the old battery and install the new one. He showed me on the computer in the description of the battery it read, "Very difficult" in the section rating the level of difficulty to replace. I knew that already, but now I saw that in writing.
6. I had left the car running while I was in the auto store, just in case it wouldn't start again. I took the new battery home and wondered who I was going to find to help me take out the old one. I thought I could probably watch a YouTube video and try it myself, but I didn't think I had the right tools.
7. Suddenly, an old red truck pulled up at my house and out hopped a church friend named Weston, a young doctor whose wife just had their third ADORABLE baby. He had an old tool set and said he was there to help. The friends who had tried to help me earlier, had called him and he had agreed to give it a try.
8. I asked him if he would be willing to teach me how to change the battery, rather than just do it for me. He, once again, agreed.
9. I learned to take off the negative bolts, before taking off the positive. We consulted a You Tube video for some of the tricky parts. He taught me to finger screw the bolts on before tightening them with a socket wrench so as not to strip the threads. He taught me to put the positive side back on before the negative (opposite of taking the battery out.) He taught me how to prevent rusting on the battery terminals. He taught me what tools to use. When we were done, he told me he had never done that before because his car batteries had never died in the time he owned the cars in his life! Haha! He had never changed a car battery, but he had been willing to give it a try and figure it out. I love it!
10. The car started.
That's the end of the story.
I told you, it wasn't anything fantastical. It's just an ordinary story about ordinary people doing ordinary things in an ordinary town on an ordinary day.
Except that it's not.
There was nothing about this that was ordinary to me.
When I had turned the key in my car and heard that terrible sound that means the battery is saying, "I'm done!", I sat for a moment and wondered the best path to take. My husband is out of town and so calling him was not an option. I already knew the battery was going to be tricky and so I knew I needed to find someone who would know what to do.
I said a prayer. I didn't pray for everything to be fixed. That didn't feel right. I prayed that my mind would be clear, that I would know the path to take, and that I would remain calm.
That was when I made the decision that I was going to refuse to stress or worry one single bit, despite the heat. I decided I was going to see it as an adventure and learn as much as I could along the way and look for the good people around me.
I found it all.
My decision to not stress allowed me to remain calm and laugh a lot along the way.
Seek adventure and learning: I learned how to change a car battery! Not just any car battery, a Chevy Malibu car battery!
Look for good people: They were there. Tennielle and Nathaniel, Manny, Francisco, Weston. Oh, and the Jack in The Box people who let me fill up my cup with ice and water as many times as I needed, which was a lot.
These good people were just being who they are as friends and employees who do this kind of stuff on a regular basis. Doing good is what they do every single day. There are LOTS of good people like this in the world, LOTS and LOTS. I believe that with all of my heart and that is why this is just an ordinary story ...
Except to me.
Your actions may be ordinary to most, but in each day there is going to be at least one person (probably more) who needs your ordinary so much that it will be extraordinary to them! You may never know who that person is, or how you were extraordinary, so you're just going to have to trust me that this is the truth.
Keep being extraordinarily ordinary people - you are just what the world needs!
Use your powers for good!
(I dunno, do you think they'll make a movies out of this?)