A while ago I heard about an app which could find your car in a large car park. I wish I’d had that app today. Because I lost my car. It was equal parts annoying and upsetting.
After a long day training in the city, I left the venue a bit early so that I could begin my 2 hour drive home before the traffic got really heavy. Heading up to the second floor of the city car park I was confident that I was headed straight to my car. I was wrong. I was convinced my car had been stolen. Of course it hadn’t, I’d simply forgotten where I parked it. So began the trek up and down the car park levels, panic growing, trying not to burst into tears of frustration.
Oh, and I was wearing high heels. I mean, they were pretty great shoes but not really your footwear of choice for walking up and down a multi-level parking complex looking for your car.
Anyway, just as I was starting to really get worried – the longer I spent trying to find my car, the later I would be leaving the city, the later I would be getting home to pick up my kid. And then, a car pulled up beside me and a very kind (and rather handsome) stranger asked sympathetically “can’t you find your car?” No, said I, trying to save face and sending up thanks to the universe that I hadn’t yet begun blubbering like a baby. “Would you like me to drive you around to have a look for it?” And that’s when I said yes to a stranger.
In any other circumstance there’s no way I’d get into the car of a strange man who pulled up beside me but I figured there were people everywhere picking up their cars, and that I would be able to jump out if I suspected that he was in fact a good looking serial killer picking up hapless women wandering about looking for their cars. Turns out he wasn’t a serial killer (at least I saw no evidence of same), just a nice bloke who had once lost his car in an airport carpark for two hours, and wanted to help out.
My car was just one level up. I thanked him profusely, noted (with only the merest trace of regret) that he was wearing a wedding ring, and went on my merry way. The whole episode was over and done with in about 10 minutes and I was home in time after all, thanks to someone who was kind enough to help me out. So thanks for your kindness handsome stranger. It was very much appreciated.