Just recently, I was reminded of my favorite prego brain moment. It was December and I was about 7 months pregnant. I was already stressed trying to have everything in order for Wesley’s arrival. As I’m leaving school one afternoon, I start up my car and a yellow light pops up onto the dashboard. Scared of driving it home due to previous explosions in my hood, (I blew up my engine in college due to the ignoring of a light) I sat in the car and decided to make a better and more adult decision this time.
Immediately, I call the Saturn dealership.
(Car issues can trigger me because I’m pretty sure demons live in the mechanisms of cars. The results of car trouble tend to be expensive and highly inconvenient. I can feel the frustration beginning to emerge, but I’m taking some deep breaths to counteract the upset.)
Hello, this is Saturn. How can we make your day today?
Yes, hi. I need help. This light has popped up on my dashboard and I don’t know if I should drive or not. It is yellow and it has an exclamation point.
Hmmm. I’m not sure. Are there any other lights on?
No, just this one.
I’m not sure mam, but I wouldn’t drive it until you know what is going on.
Okay, I’ll call someone else. (a little more frustrated, and a little less breathing)
(2nd Saturn Dealership)
Can we help you?
Yes. These lights. I don’t know what they are. Can you help me?
Mam, we don’t know. We haven’t heard of that type of light. We can’t say whether it is safe to drive or not.
Ugh. I’ll call someone else. (straight frustration, no breathing)
(3rd Saturn Dealership)
Yes, my light. I need help please.
I’ve never heard of that before. I’m sorry.
Why can’t anyone help me? There is a YELLOW LIGHT. It is has EXCLAMATION POINT ON IT. Why doesn’t anyone know what is going on?
I’m really sorry mam. I’ve been here 15 years at this particular Saturn dealership working specifically in the service department and I’ve never heard of an exclamation light on the dashboard of any of our cars. I wish I could help you.
FINE! DON’T WORRY ABOUT IT. (I’m now ready to run someone over. Who the heck would breathe through this? I cannot even drive my car home from school people!)
I hang up the phone. I look at the dashboard again and then abruptly it dawns on me…
I drive a Hyundai.