Every so often, the cars need to go to the tire shop for tire rotation and, if necessary, an alignment. This is a task usually completed by dear husband with three children in tow. Since the kids are homeschooled, we have the ability to move the schedule around and take advantage of shorter lines during the day. Probably one of the best side-benefits of homeschooling…outside of the excellent education the kids receive, of course!
So the first time they all went, the kids were really excited to see the tire shop and how the cars were magically lifted into the air. They were beside themselves to see big stacks of rubbery-smelling tires on display and even more so, with shiny humongous rims!
However, this excitement soon (so very soon) wore off and it is now gone forever.
No longer is there excitement over going to the tire shop. Cars lifted magically in the air? Eh. Big stacks of tires? Who cares…they smell funny. Shiny humongous rims? Not interested.
You know tire shops are no fun…and you also know tire shop trips are usually not quick ones.
Perhaps you’ve noticed that most tire shops do not cater to children?
Task number one is to assess the attention of other patrons as it relates to the Maury Povich episode currently playing on the old box TV that still for some reason has actual rabbit ear antennae poking out from behind it. Thanks to smartphones, no one is usually paying attention to the idiot box so the next task is to secure the remote and change the channel.
A cursory request if anyone minds a change of the channel to Clifford the Big Red Dog usually results in others’ obliging. Perhaps some even…dare I say…start to watch old Clifford? No judgment, though, it’s a great show!
And so begins the wait….and wait….and wait…for the car…to be finished…
After that first trip, the mention of the tire shop elicited loud groaning and general objection from the kids. That is, until dear husband found a tire shop he likes which sits just a few doors down from a Chick-fil-a!!! With an indoor playground!!!
So, a trip to the tire shop?? Score!! All that’s needed is to drop off the car and take a short walk down the street.
Lunch and playground time is a much better way to pass the time at the tire shop.
It smells much better at Chick-fil-a, too!
Are there any errands you have to run that you know you’re kids are going to hassle you about because they have to tag along? Tell me in the comments!