So, I got into my car at twelve today.
Turned the key and heard a very strange noise.
I called for help and two of the guys from the factory came to my assistance.
They peered into the engine and got me to try again.
Tut tutted and said it sounded like the starter motor.
My heart sank.
They got a metal rod and smacked the started motor a couple of times.
It didn’t help.
Apparently, sometimes the starter motor sticks.
I tried the key again and this time there was just a click.
They shook their heads and said it sounded like the solonoid.
I don’t know what the hell a solonoid is but it sounds expensive.
My heart sank even further.
They suggested they would push start me but I should first phone Hyundai to see if I could bring the car in.
I closed the window.
We work in a dicey area.
And I noticed the window was moving very slowly.
So, I thought(sometimes I do) what the hell has the window got to do with the starter or the solonoid?
I went inside and told the guys what was happening.
I swear I saw a lightbulb go on above their heads.
Oh, they said, you must have a flat battery.
And MY lightbulb went on.
It was darkish when I left for work this morning.
But light when I got to work.
I had left my headlights on.
They gave me a push and the engine kicked over.
As I went down the road the car made a horrible noise.
But I think the car was just telling me what an idiot I was.
Because the noise stopped.
Or else my fanbelt needs replacing.
I was blown away by all the messages of support and love from you guys.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I feel a lot better today.
Still sad but my eyes have stopped gushing.
It would have been my Dad’s birthday today.
Lots of things going through my mind.
I think they are going to have the funeral up in Pretoria.
It makes more sense than bringing her back to East London.
I won’t be going.
I tried to be there for her when she was alive.
There is nothing more I can do for her now.
When her partner is back home I shall go up and spend a weekend with him.
That seems to make more sense.
We can have a wake.
p.s. I have no idea why that photo came up three times.
I am not going to try and fix it.