Back in the beginning of April, I believe it was April 6th, my mom and I took Carly to the dentist for a cleaning. Due to Carly being a cardiac patient, she had to be pre medicated before any dental procedures. On this particular day, Carly flat out refused to take her 2tsp of medication. This was a bit of a problem because she needed it 30 minutes before the procedure. Well, it was 9:25am and her appt was at 10am. We had 35 minutes to get there, but the drive alone would take 30 minutes. So,,,,,, my mom says to me, "hop in the back with Carly to get her med's in her and I'll drive till we get to the highway". Okay, that works...except Carly still wouldn't take her med. As mom is driving my Chevy Venture (mini van), mom says, "Joany, this van drives really nice, like a car". Carly finally finished her meds. Mom and I switch drivers. Off we go on the highway.
After we get done with the dentist, we head out to the van. Just so happens, torrential rain fall was coming down. As I'm placing Carly in her car seat, mom heads around the other side of the van to get in the backseat. She always rode in the backseat with Carly. As mom is getting into her side, a white Ford Explorer pulls up beside her. This lady rolls her window down, I could see a man in the driver seat. They asked if we knew we had a flat tire. We didn't know and due to the terrible rain coming down, we may not have even noticed it until we were out on the road. This guy and gal wanted to change that tire for us. I thanked them, but went on to tell them we have AAA insurance and they'd send someone out to us. These people were really wanting to help, but I thanked them and told them we would just wait and there was no need for him to get soaked in the pouring rain.
Fast forward to last Thursday. A guy (I knew he was coming, he had called first) pulled into our driveway to look at our mini van which was for sale and listed on Craigs List, which is how he found it. He looked it over. Liked what he saw and then asked if he could take it on a test drive. I told him sure. He jumps in and takes it for a ride. When he got back he made this comment, "I can't get over how good this van rides. It rides like a car". Of course, I had to tell him about our trip to the dentist in April. and how my mom had made a comment just like that after having to drive my van. At that point, this guy asks me, "What dentist do you go to?" I thought that was a little odd. I gave him a surprised, or startled look and told him who the dentist was and what town her office was in. What he said next, nearly made me faint. Here's what this guy said, "that tire right there (while pointing), was flat in that parking lot wasn't it?" My arms suddenly weighed 10 tons each. My response, "yes, it was flat". His next words hit me square in the gut, "That was my wife and I who pulled up next to you in that parking lot asking if you needed help changing that tire".
We stood in my front yard and talked for quite a while. We were both in disbelief that our paths had crossed before. He told me that his wife was going to flip when he got home and told her what van he had just looked at. He also told me he remembered seeing a cute little girl in pig tails stretching her neck trying to see who was pulled up alongside the van. Yes, he knew that Carly had passed away. Paul had told him that when he called to inquire about the van. Paul only told him, because this guy wondered why we were selling a van if there was nothing wrong with it. We sold it because none of us could stomach getting into that van without Carly. It's hard enough having to live in this house that is full from one end to the other with toys, books, crayons, dolls, doll houses, DVD's, CD's, puzzles, workbooks, etc.....
This guy did end up buying our van. He and his wife and my family were all completely shocked as to how our paths crossed in that parking lot and just a little more than a month later, they crossed again. And by the way, we just bought a white Ford Explorer, almost identical to the one they still have. Isn't it eerie sometimes, the paths we cross?
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