It was one of those days when what could go wrong did go wrong, my
family descended upon me for a reunion of sorts. We had been tossing
about the idea of a family gathering, but tossing the idea about was
all that had been done. With no warning, I was inundated with people
all phoning from the airport for pickup. Luckily, my sister said
she'd help, but her car was in the mechanic's for engine work, so we
rented a car and got temporary cover on it. I had not heard of this
convenience, but on that day, I was glad it was there.
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The literature from the insurance company included what extra
things the cover came with, such as locksmith availability,
supposing we lost our keys in addition to wheelchair cover. That was
a good thing to include because Aunt Min used a wheelchair due to an
accident, in her youth as a dancer, in which she was flung offstage
in a rehearsal gone desperately wrong. My sister and I thought
nothing of this inclusion within the cover, but as I said, it was
one of those days when if it could go wrong, it would.
Packing eight people and one wheelchair into my sister's rental car
was as funny as watching a circus clown car trolley round a circus
tent. Arms stuck out here, a foot there, and was that a hat sticking
out a window there? I wondered if my own car full of cousins would
look as humorous. My sister had to stop at a petrol station for a
road break. They got Aunt Min's wheelchair out of the boot, but just
as they were lifting Aunt Min out of the car, a group of young
people took the wheelchair and ran off with it.
A strong cousin got out of my vehicle to carry Aunt Min into the
petrol station. My sister calmly called the insurance agency to
report the theft and was assured another chair would be along soon.
An hour later Aunt Min had another wheelchair and the culprits had
been rounded up, but without the chair, which they had destroyed. We
deposited some of our guests at my sister's house. The cousins and I
arrived at my house with no further mishap. A day later, another
group of family arrived and we put them up at a local bed and
breakfast. The family gathering went off without a hitch and the
whole thing was just lovely.
The temporary cover on my sister's rental car was a lifesaver for us
on that day. From the surprise of the family invasion, we had gone
to unexpected retrieval and then to the unpleasantness of the
wheelchair theft. The temporary cover agency had a wonderful product
with extra coverage I wouldn't have thought necessary. I was not
aware that temporary cover existed, but it answers a need for people
in unexpected circumstances. Many thanks to nice people working for
a nice company coming to our rescue.