So this afternoon I had the opportunity to teach two of my girls how to change a tire. This pleased me greatly, since the 15-year-old is mechanically-inclined and the 12-year-old generally likes to accumulate as much knowledge as possible.
The downside, of course, is that I had this opportunity due to a mysteriously flat tire, spotted by my eagle-eyed 7-year-old.
Still, I'm nothing if not an eternally sunny optimist. Which is why I also was ever so grateful to be able to illustrate to the girls why, just because you're lucky enough not to have ever needed the spare tire, you shouldn't ignore it for nearly fourteen years, and how putting a flat spare on to replace the flat tire is not, generally speaking, a terribly cost-effective move and that, in the future, they should really do a better job of checking to see if the spare is, in fact, flat or not before putting it on, tightening the lugnuts, and taking the car back down off the jack.
Such a good time! Fun for the whole family! Happy happy joy joy!