Tuesday, December 1, 2009


Mable is missing. Kidnapped! Can you believe it? This is the sort of thing that you hear about on the 10:00 news. You read about it in the morning paper. It doesn’t happen to someone you know. It doesn’t happen to someone you care about. How could this happen to Mable? How could this happen to us?

I haven’t known Mable long, less than two years. In that short time she has become a trusted friend. We have gone everywhere together. Her familiar voice puts me at ease, and I enjoy her company. Mable does most of the talking when we are alone together. She is always thinking of me. She helps me feel confident and safe. She is great with directions, and since I can get lost in a parking lot, I rely on her whenever she is with me.

Friend-husband always knows where he is going, but my brain does not work that way. I have a wonderful brain, by the way, but I am (gasp) directionally challenged. For that reason alone, I am always delighted to have Mable with me.

Surprisingly, Friend husband made friends with Mable first. I wasn’t very interested in Mable, but he could see her strengths. To me she seemed a little transparent, and maybe a little cocky. I make friends easily, though, and before I knew it, Mable and I were growing close.

Friend-husband and I invited Mable along often. We introduced her to friends and family. They enjoyed getting to know Mable. She became their friend. She loves to travel, and was often invited along. They will be devastated to hear the news, but no one will miss her as much as I will.

Mable has gotten me out of many a tight spot. She was with me in every storm. Her vision was clear. Her advice was flawless. Well almost. I’m not sure how I will manage without her. I will make new friends, but can they take her place? I just don’t know.

You see, I’m on the road a lot, and Mable was our helpful friend. Mable was our Garmin GPS. She was stolen from our car yesterday. Kidnapped. I wonder if she put up a fight. I wonder if she is frightened. Will she feel lost and alone? Will she miss us?

I wish I knew where she was. I suppose she will make new friends. I hope they will take good care of her. Whatever will we do without her? I miss her already.

Recalculating. Recalculating.

Linda Garner


MeganRebekah said...

OMG I understand your frustration. I once had my GPS stolen out of my car and was devasted. I filed a police report and a couple months later bought a new one.
Imagine my surprise a year later when I received an email from my old employer saying that the police were trying to contact me because they found my GPS! They busted a ring of young men who were breaking into cars and selling the items on craigslist and Ebay. It was so surreal!

Carolyn V. said...

OH no! Not Mable!

I'm so sorry she was taken. Can she be replaced?

L.T. Elliot said...

I'm so sorry about Mable, Linda. (Although you wrote this very cleverly.) I hate it when things get stolen. I hope you'll have Megan's good luck and that she'll come back to you one way or another.

Amber Lynae said...

I have a friend who calls her GPS Mable so I really liked your post for that reason, it was cleverly written, but I'm very sorry she is missing.