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The parable of…

…the wing mirror trim. (Meant to blog this last week but forgot.) And behold, the driver came to her car one day and the nearside wing mirror was rotated by 180 degrees {sorry, can’t find the degrees symbol in keycaps] and the plastic trim that covered the bottom bit* was missing, giving the car an even tattier aspect than usual. Sighing, the driver clicked the mirror back into place and it still worked, though aesthetically less pleasing.

And lo, a couple of days later the driver was walking down her road and on the pavement outside her neighbour’s house was a familiar looking piece of black plastic. And when she picked it up, it had FIAT and a serial number impressed in it. So she took it to her car, fiddled with its little lugs which were a bit bent, and well whaddya know, it fitted perfectly on the bottom bit* of the wing mirror. And all I am prepared to say in explanation is that we all have the Maker’s name impressed on us, and only the Driver can fit us in exactly the right place. Or something like that.

*(technical term)

PS Did you know Jesus came to earth by Mary’s Fiat?

A poor thing, but mine own

Hallelujah, after a month of waiting I finally have my little car back, and have returned the horrible huge courtesy car with the boot big enough to hide several bodies. And I have a lovely unscratched new bumper (I’ll soon put paid to that!) to replace the one which was sheared off a month ago by someone over the road who didn’t know how to park her boyfriend’s car. And they mended my seat adjuster for free while I waited, because I said it was more broken when I got the car back than when I had brought it in.

All right, my little Fiat is under-powered and jerky, but because its emissions are so low I only pay £35 tax disc and am exempt from congestion charge, and I can also feel greenish without having to shell out £15,000 for a Prius. There’s nothing like the feel of your own car about you again.

Meanwhile, Genius Brat has been home with what the doctor assured me was not swine flu, and consequently missed his Chemistry exam (first module of GCSE). The school tells me they can still award him a mark if he has a doctor’s note – which he now does. I swear I am far more anxious about these exams than he is…