Disclaimer: The product discussed and prize offered were given to me in exchange for my opinions which are my own.I've been told on more than one occasion in my adolescent days that a practical gift from a man was a romantic one. While most women beg to differ, there is logic and truth in this idea - a man who cares is a man who wants us to be safe and comfortable. So while an emergency car kit isn't a pretty new bauble or a fresh bouquet - appreciate it -it means he cares.
Case in point: Years ago, a group of us had all gathered at a mutual friend's house one day and as people began to head home, I noticed the host speaking to a few girls with a bewildered look on her face. I approached the discussion to hear her relaying with an awkward giggle: "He gave me a fan. Once I mentioned it was hot in my office. I don't know what that means."
"It means he likes you...he really likes you," I replied.
She doubted me. They were engaged less than a year later.
While my own engagement took much longer than a few months (I was 19 when I started dating Sean), I remember many such instances of "practical romance:" a container of kitty litter to be prepared for an impending snow storm; an early departure from work to help me with an unexpected flat on my first day of my first job in Maryland (and my own tool to do it myself should it happen again); a purchase of new tires when my car refused to make a turn and blew them on a curb. I was in college and couldn't do it.
Flowers? No. Love? Yes.
|Days like this suck. Helpful husbands make them a little better.|
It's funny to look back and think that most of Sean's "practical romantic" gestures have had to do with car trouble (the year we got married, that all changed when I finally got a new car. Hallelujah!). But, it's not really a surprise. Car issues always pop up when most inconvenient - when you're a broke student, on your first day of work, when you get home from vacation. Boo. Who wants to deal with that? Not I.
I welcome the reminder that Sean loves me when he does such things, but let's be honest: I'd rather those circumstances not occur in the first place. That means I should stay on top of things like preventative and routine maintenance - get the oil changed when you should; get that alignment when things start to feel wobbly; change out those wiper blades when they start to smudge - before you're stuck in a rainstorm with no visibility.
Some of these are super time and money consuming; others are much easier. While I'm still waiting for online oil changes, I can meet other automotive needs online - like wiper blades (which are supposed to be replaced every 6 months even though I know we all wait longer)!
Thanks to EZWipers, I have one less car task to stress about last minute. I just go to the site, tell them what car I drive, and let them select the right fit (guaranteed!) wipers I need. Plus, they ship for free in just a few days! So much better than standing at the store trying to compare brands and remember what measurements I need.
EZWipers sent me a set of Anco Series 31 blades (I admit, it's been about a year since I last replaced mine) which were super easy to replace - this is car task I'm able to do without Sean's help. Bring it, rainstorm!
|Seriously, you just pop 'em right in!|
But, if installation is not your thing, no worries. EZwipers is full of resources including installation videos. Or, you can take the opportunity to test your man's love ;)
Did I just remind you that it's been a year or two since you replaced your wipers? No worries. EZWipers is giving a free pair of Anco Series 31 wiper blades to one of you. Enter to win below, and come back for more automotive talk as I will be joining other female area bloggers at the Washington Auto Show!