It started at the airport at about 7 o’clock last Thursday. I got lost. I don’t know what it was, low blood sugar… lack of sleep whatever… I panicked… for about 10 minutes I looked all over until I found my wife and daughter right where they said they would be.
When we got to St. Louis we got into our rental car… a brand new Altima…that had this push button start. I pushed the button but the car wouldn’t start. It took about 5 minutes and a call to my well-traveled brother to find out that you need to put your foot on the brake and push the button.
We went out to lunch with my brother, and when we got back to the hotel, I was going to take a nap. The front desk called just before I feel asleep to tell me my car had been running in the parking lot for two hours. I mean, who knew you had to push the button to turn the car off just like it said on the button, if you could lock it with the bob…. Not me.
So on Friday morning we go to something called “The London Tea Room”… As I go to pay the check my credit card is not in my wallet. (It was at the restaurant from yesterday as it turns out, but I wouldn’t know that for a few hours.)…. So here is the thing. I only carry one other credit card and that is the one I use only at Costco. I felt compelled to call to make sure it would work. The nice guy in Phoenix answered the phone by saying, “How can I help you with your Costco Anywhere Visa.” Without missing a beat I asked, “Can I use….my Costco go Anywhere Visa… anywhere”……To his credit, the guy didn’t laugh.
The wedding of my nephew Nate and his new bride Mindy went fine…I got through it without calling Nate… Nick… which, in my defense, is his brother’s name. We arrived home without incident until Monday morning when as I pulled up to the gas pump at Costco and discovered that my Costco Anywhere Visa was somewhere else and not in my wallet.
You could say, as many did this past weekend, that this stuff just happens and to some extent, you’d be right. But I think there is something more to it, at least for me. When there is some extra intensity surrounding me, I need to really slow down and be attentive. Unfortunately that most always takes me some time to notice. I can put up with losing credit cards and leaving the car running, but what really troubles me is when I am inattentive to others.
In these days when more than a few of us are also distracted by these times, let’s take the time to take care of our relationships. Not only are relationships a little harder to fix, but one thing faith tells us is that we are going to need each other to live in these times.
Keep the Faith,