A late winter night, the flu and a Mitsubishi…

16th June, 2018

The flu can really mess up your concentration…

Many years ago, my mother asked me to look after her gorgeous Mitsubishi Eclipse GS sports car while she was living overseas. Late one winter evening, I drove it down to the local chemist’s shop. I had been fighting the flu all week with no success and I had had enough of it: time to medicate the problem.

Eclipse GSSitting back in mum’s car, while reading the instructions for the medication, someone tapped on my  window. A lady was staring at me through the glass as I wound down the window.

“What are you doing my car?” she asked.

“Uh, your car?” I replied.

“Yes, my car….”

I looked around. The handbag on the passenger seat was definitely not mine….

“Sorry, I have no idea” I apologized as I got out of the car. Directly behind this car was an identical rust-brown Mitsubishi with my mother’s licence plate number.  Apparently we both had the flu and she graciously accepted my apology as I showed her how my keys opened both her car and mine.

Sitting in the darkness back in my mother’s car, I heard another knock on the window. I wound down the window to see the same lady staring at me.

“This really is my mother’s car.”

“Yes, we have established that. I have another problem now…”


“You locked my car when you got out.”

“Yes, I do it by instinct.”

“Sorry, but I must have left my keys in my handbag  when I went into the chemist. Could you please let me back into my car?”

Author: Rockweather

I am a writer, musician, teacher, and researcher at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) in Auckland, New Zealand.

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