Today we stayed home from the Jubilee (a Farmer's and Threshermen's fair in our area) so that we could do a bit of school and go to soccer practice this evening. Leaving for soccer practice I hit the giant rock in our driveway. The guys with the back hoe that put our driveway in could not move this rock, it is enormous! So we curved the driveway around it, but when you are going around the curve, you cannot see the rock. Anyway I hit it with the rear tire and blew a hole (the size of my fist) in the side of my tire.
I know how to change a tire, so I thought okay, let's do this. I got out all the tools, and got to work. But the shop that tightened those lugs did WAY too good of a job. I couldn't get them to budge. So the whole time I'm talking to the kids about what I'm doing and why. I go into the basement to get a piece of pipe and we talk all about leverage. I explain why I can't use too big of a pipe because I could break the bar or the lug and it's dangerous. Well, i bent the pipe. So I went and found a heavier duty iron pipe. We talked about material strength and more about leverage. About why I didn't jack up the car yet. (Seriously I think it was good for me, because I'm sure I would have cried much much sonner if I weren't calmly explaining all of my reasoning to them.)
Anyway, I bent the next pipe!! GRRR! Now I am frustrated. I walked away a little and screamed. Then I came back and tried yet again. Nope, still no use.
I finally called the coach's cell and told her we would be missing practice (LOL, it was already 20 minutes in to practice, so she had probably figured it out.)
I came back to the boys and had them get back into regular clothes, I apologized for missing practice.
Then my oldest comes to me and says, "Mom, you got so frustrated, but you really just kept trying. You always tell me to just keep trying when I get frustrated, but I always thought you just got everything so much easier and faster than me. Even when you screamed and cried, you didn't stop trying to do it, and you taught me how to change a tire too." I wiped my eyes and laughed a little and said, "I didn't get the tire changed, but I'm glad you learned something." And he told me, "Yeah, I learned my mom is very, very stubborn."
Not sure what to make of it all, but it wasn't as horrible as I was starting to believe.