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One In A Million

Being unique has its virtues. I find it particularly wonderful in people and in cars. If only our family van had that virtue. I’ve seen so many vans like ours I wonder if the company ran out of ideas, hit the “repeat” button and called it a day.

After a shopping trip with my girls, we ran through a surprise rain storm to get into our car. When we reached the car I put the key into the lock, but nothing happened. I tried to put the key into the other door, but it wouldn’t budge either. My girls were yelling “Mom, hurry up! We’re getting soaked!” I was also getting drenched and very frustrated.

I gathered my girls and headed back to the store. While we stood there dripping, my mind was flooding with solutions to fix my car. I mean, there must be something wrong with the car, right? I thought, ‘Call for a tow truck. Call my mother to pick us up. Call a locksmith.'

I told my girls to wait at the store entrance while I went into the rain storm to try this again. When I reached the car I thought I would try the lock at the back. As my hand went for the lock I noticed the license plate. ‘I don’t have a white license plate. What the heck?’ That’s when I stood in the middle of the parking lot and spun around to see MY van one row over with my distinct Little Bobble Head Buddha dash ornament staring at me with his wise smirk, as if to say “No door shall open for one who doesn’t use the right key.”

On our drive home I couldn’t stop giggling. Yes, my girls were frustrated and uncomfortable with their drenched hair and wet clothes. However, I felt a great sense of accomplishment. I had been begging the girls to wash their hair for days!

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20 comments:

  1. Oh, that's too funny!
    Can I take a guess? Honda Odyssey?
    Happy Monday. :)

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  2. Too funny....I don't have that problem with my truck thank goodness!

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  3. OMG honey this is so funny & this actually happened to me one day, only I called my husband & said "OMG someone stole our rims & changed the locks to our van!" (the van was an exact replica to ours, only it was missing rims) LMAO I finally realized my van was on the other side of the lot! I'm giving you a gift on my blog today, come by & check it out, cause I LOVE your blog so much! xoxo

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  4. LOL
    My girlfriend bought a new car and when to the mall a couple days later. When she went back someone else's car was in the spot. She went back to the mall waited in the customer service desk for 20 minutes and started filling out the paperwork. When it asked the make and model she realized, that was indeed her car in the parking lot. It was just her new one and not the one she was used to seeing.

    I suck your button on my blog

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  5. I just tried to get into the wrong Honda Odyssey last week! Damn lookalike silver cars all look the same!

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  6. My niece and nephew were in town the other day. Their mom (my sister-in-law) is the most organized person on the planet - beyond anything you have ever seen! Anyway, I took my niece and nephew to the mall and completely lost my car - for like a full on 45 mins. in 100 degree heat. We searched every floor of that parking lot and honestly now that I look back on it I think we passed my car on more than one occasion before finding it. I sure hope they don't rat me out to my SIL - I'd be so embarrassed because I always act like I have it all together when I'm around her.

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  7. Love your blog and your story about the van. Happend to me too, just with a red VW Parati. Very common car down here in Paraguay. Can i put your blog button on my blog?:)

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  8. I've done that too...

    Thank god for the little buddha thingy. I need to get one of those. Or maybe a nice shiny phallic symbol, something that will catch my eye from a distance.

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  9. Did you happen to get any shampoo in the store?

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  10. My Dad actually got into the wrong car(& I thought mine looked unique) when I left him in a rainstorm to do what you did. He got into the first car that stopped at the curb LOL. The woman was very nice about it...but admitted at first it scared her.~Mary

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  11. Oh Ann I cant tell you how many times I have done this! Now I have a Twilight sticker on the back window, which my kids think is awesome and I can pick my black suv out of a bunch of cars now!!

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  12. Funny - but I can totally relate! What a memory to laugh at in about 10 years...

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  13. LOL...Buddha was a smart guy...

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  14. i have a white expedition, and i swear i never saw one- until i got mine...I had personalized plates for a long time, then out of frugalness, i switched back....now i can never find my car...lol The kids have a game- how many will mom walk to until she gets it right? Have a great day!

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  15. i have a white expedition, and i swear i never saw one- until i got mine...I had personalized plates for a long time, then out of frugalness, i switched back....now i can never find my car...lol The kids have a game- how many will mom walk to until she gets it right? Have a great day!

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  16. Heeheeheeeeeeeeee... this was great! Last night I went to pump gas and the damn nozzle wouldn't fit into my gas tank thingy. I kept looking at it thinking something fell out, something's GOT to be wrong. I must have looked like an idiot, just standing there. Then I noticed over the gas nozzle: DEISEL. Duh.

    Justine :o )

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  17. This has happened to me countless times! So glad to know I'm not the only one. I use the "beep beep" button on my key to locate my car. Way too often mine is parked in a sea of white suvs. Oh well--I guess that's one way to get the girls' hair washed! That and a funny post are two good things that came from something that otherwise might have been a pain.

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  18. yup, i do this all the time! i have a black SUV. yeah there are a million out there!! glad you got your girls to smell better :)

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  19. Oh dear! I've often lost where I've parked the car (for a short time!) or gone towards the wrong car, but not QUITE to the extent of trying to open someone else's car!

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