Not Bad At All

Few things are known to scare me more than parallel parking. Hate doing it. I will drive around until I can find a space to pull into. Until it becomes apparent that I would need to drive to Timbuktu to find me a spot.

That was me on Tuesday. Trying to find a decent parking space at a hospital that is on a residential street. With all the parking taken up. I was about to despair when low and behold I came upon a spot.

Now, I probably, most likely, could easily have driven into the spot, backed up and forward a time or two and be done. But, I was coming from the doctor’s office, had sobbed in the car, and now was going to parallel park.

One armed. As I was still wearing my sling.

I reversed. I pulled forward. I reversed. I pulled forward. I reversed. I pulled forward. I was done. Then I looked in the passenger side mirror and was still too far from curb. So I reversed and backed up again and then forward pulling in tighter. A little too close to the vehicle in front of me so I backed up. Finally parked. Sweating a little but oh well.

I get out of the car, lock door and hip check it closed. I am walking behind the car when I happen to look into the van that was parked behind me. And the driver was sitting there enjoying his coffee. Which also means that he witnessed my parallel parking job.

As I walked by the passenger side of the van, he looked over and saluted me with his coffee and gave me the best compliment ever:

That is a good job, especially for a one armed bandit.

I smiled at him and said thank you. Little does he know that he helped to make my day better.

Sept. 15/22


Author: Jay-lyn Doerksen

A single hard working mom of a soon to be teenage son. A poet and story teller I have wanted to write since I was a child. This space is where I share stories about myself and my life and the creative poetry that stirs my soul. My hope is you will pull up a chair and a cup of coffee delving into the world that I offer and you find simple enjoyment for a few moments. Welcome to The Wonderful & Wacky World of One Single Mom

11 thoughts on “Not Bad At All”

      1. You never know when a stranger might do that! I had a guy very distinguished looking tell me to smile one day as I was walking through the parking lot so I did and then yesterday I happen to see the same guy at Walmart and I passed him without saying anything and then just before I walked in the door I turned around and looked back and he was looking at me so I shot him a smile and a wave and ducked into the store! I wonder if he remembered me lol!

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