September 27, 2010
This week, we have a story written by Tony, from Ottawa, Ontario. Tony is enrolled in literacy classes at People, Words and Change in Ottawa.
It all started with me putting my wallet in the glove box of the car. I ended work this morning and went by Tim’s to pick up a tea for my wife as I do every morning. When I arrived at home, at 5:00am, I forgot my wife’s tea in the car. I had arranged for a wake-up call from my wife at 8:00am so I could bring her van into the dealership for some repairs. Things were starting to fall into place. I had dropped off her van, had the dealership give me a ride home, and was crawling into bed at 9:30am. I opened my eyes, sleepy eyes, and took a look at the clock 2:30pm time to call Dan at the dealership to see how things were going with the van. When I got a hold of Dan he informed me that the dealership had lost my summer tires and that I needed to get down there to resolve the problem. Now I had a dilemma because of an appointment I had with my tutor at 4:00pm.
When I arrived at the dealership, thanks to my dad for giving me a ride, I spoke to the Service Manager about the predicament he and I were in. He told me that they would replace my tires and give me a rental car at no charge. Problem solved, the rental car company came to pick me up. I was finally standing at the counter looking at the clock - 3:30pm- and ready to get my keys for the rental car. The fine gentleman behind the counter looks at me and asks for my driver’s licence and a credit card. I go to reach in my pocket and retrieve my wallet. MY WALLET!!!
[This story was taken with permission from The Reader, June 2010, published by People, Words and Change.]