It went like this:
Car Guy: Your van is done.
Me: (slow to get the point) What do you mean?
Car Guy: Rods are knocking, it’s about to blow up…
Me: What are my options?
Car Guy: Nothing — or get a new motor.
This, after breaking down on top of the mountain with my four kids, 81 year old mother, and a foreign exchange student, having our family van towed into town, waiting almost 2 weeks for an answer…Nothing to do but smile. At least it didn’t blow up with us in it. And my girl from Poland got to experience the generosity of American strangers and friends who helped this stranded family off a mountain pass.