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Busy mom’s faithful steed gets a flat on the Baltimore Beltway — FranklyStein

Nothing stops a busy mom flying around town in her minivan faster than this.

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I got this flat tire yesterday on the Baltimore Beltway while speeding home from work to pick up my oldest from school. I was late as usual and in the fast lane when it sounded like a helicopter landed on my roof. I knew it couldn’t be good.

My minivan is older than my twins. It’ll be 14 in June, and has nearly 140,000 miles on it. It’s been a trusty kid transporter and all around good car from infancy into the teen years. I keep thinking it might die soon, but it still runs like a charm. The horn doesn’t always work, the trunk periodically won’t open, it has a weird leak that soaks the passenger seatbelts when it rains and then there was this little set back.

I eased over to the right lane and pulled off onto the side of the road. I was petrified to open the door as the cars whizzed passed, but it took just a quick glance back to see that it was a flat, not a helicopter on the roof. I had no illusions of actually getting out of the car to fix the flat — I had a brand new spring sweater on! So I did what any self-respecting mom would do. I called my husband for help. Luckily he was less than 10 minutes away, and he told me to hang tight and pray for a State Highway truck. So that’s what I did.

A few minutes later, the truck pulled up behind me. I got out to greet the guys, and they asked if I wanted them to change the tire. There’s no charge, they said. It’s my tax dollars at work. Yippee!

The Highway Operations Technician, Franklin Harris, (he gave me his card) changed my tire in just over 5 minutes. — faster than it would have taken my husband to get the spare out from under the car (his words, not mine). It was pretty amazing. Here he is along with his helper, Matt Grollman. Don’t they look a little bit like knights in neon armor?

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The whole operation took just about as long as it took my oldest to walk the mile home from school.

And a busy mom was back in business.

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2013 EasterWFranklyStein is a blog by Chesapeake Family Magazine editor Betsy Stein who lives in Catonsville with her husband, Chris, and four children, Maggie, 14, Lilly, 13, Adam, 13, and Jonah, 9.

 

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