My obsession with coffee landed me in hot water yesterday morning. After dropping my three year old off at daycare, my little boy & I were headed to the opposite side of the city on an errand. Like most mornings, it had been a chaotic rush to get out of the house, and like most mornings, I'd not had my coffee yet. The thought of driving for an hour without a coffee was depressing, so as I drove along I made a split second decision to detour & grab a coffee from a cafe on the beach in a nearby suburb. Hmmmm how things can change in a split second.
I parked directly outside the cafe - you could basically see the serving counter we were so close. It looked very busy, but it's always a hive of activity on a sunny morning, so I thought nothing of it. When we'd left the daycare, I'd set-up a DVD to keep my little boy occupied on the drive (he doesn't love travelling), and he was now deeply involved in the adventures of "Dumbo" the little elephant. I knew that if I switched off the engine, I'd also lose the movie - and the happy state of mind of my child... so I didn't. I left the engine running, jumped out & made the dash across to order my coffee. Bad decision.
I was back at the car within a minute. As it turned out, the cafe wasn't even open - there was an entire film crew shooting a commercial instead. Typical! (..."They're not open today love"....Grrrr), so no coffee for me. I was going to have to suck-it-up and drive the hour without my caffeine hit. But as it turned out, it wasn't going to be that simple. All the doors had locked. I tried them all, every one, they were all locked. Inside was my child, outside was I. With nothing but my purse - not even my phone!! Oh hell.
I had to approach a stranger in the film crew (tail between legs), and explain that the car with the engine running, the air-con blasting, the DVD playing and the child happily sitting in, was mine and could I please use his phone to call roadside assistance?! He was excellent - as were the entire crew. Immediate action. Everyone wanted to be involved, check the doors, look through the windows, comment on the extraordinary fact that a car would auto-lock with the keys in the ignition & the engine running...! Not only were roadside assistance called, but there was a fireman on site who directed us to call emergency & request the Fire Brigade too (apparently they get children out of cars on a regular basis!). What a pa lava!
To make a crazy situation even more comical, the film crew were incredibly friendly & helpful. They got me a coffee! They got me a muffin! And at some point, someone even started filming the whole affair - declaring it to be more exciting than the actual commercial! The set designer's got supplies from their trucks & began the task of trying to break into my car. Everyone REALLY wanted to help!
To their credit, the Mona Vale Fire Department arrived within ten minutes with full lights and sirens and an entire team of firemen raring to get my baby boy out of that car! I was the one standing with the coffee and the muffin - it truly must have looked like a comedy sketch! He was out in no time (by which roadside assistance had also turned up!), and was absolutely thrilled to be given a "firey" bear by the firemen! Thrilled.
Once the action was over, everyone dispersed back to their previous tasks, and after a lot of heartfelt thankyou's, I got on my way as quickly as I could. I am truly THANKFUL for everyone that helped yesterday. It really showed society - and our local community - in a bright, shimmering light that we don't always get to see!