When we lived in California, the windshield wipers on Andy’s car started to wear out. We drove a lot, but it hardly ever rains in Southern California, so in a rare shower we would realize that they were getting bad and then we would forget all about it.
Then we moved to Wheaton. It rains a lot more here, but we drive a lot less. So in the times when we happened to be driving and it was raining, it would be very bad, but then we would get home and forget all about it.
This has gone on for MONTHS. At the end they were awful. They were completely ineffective, leaving massive streaks AND they squeaked obnoxiously.
I finally bought new ones, and was going to put them on, but when I got home in the driveway it started thunder storming and I had to go inside. So I threw them in the trunk and promptly forgot about them for several more weeks (I am very good at this game).
Then this past weekend we were driving back from Michigan at night in the midst of a torrential downpour. We could not see anything. We exited the tollway (freeways are not free here) and stopped at a gas station with a canopy. We pulled the new wipers out of the trunk, and got to work trying to figure this out.
Another car pulled up to get out of the rain, and they were watching us, and it made us nervous. We could not get the old wipers off. I went inside the car to get the manual, and right then Andy got it off. Just then, a girl from the other car came over and asked if we needed help. We probably could have figured it out, but it went much faster with her help. Thank you, stranger!
We got back on the road, and it was like a miracle. Like a religious conversion. Like the eighth wonder of the world. The wipers were quiet, and the windshield was perfectly clear. We were blind, and now we could see! We were no longer going to die a grisly death!
I can’t even explain how satisfying it was to have a crisp, clean windshield. In summary: extremely satisfying.
There is no major lesson from this, except that when your windshield wipers start going bad, make sure to make it a priority to fix them. And also enjoy those little things, because they are little, and they are stupid, but they are so great.
What little thing is making your life better today?