I feel empowered this morning.
When Emma and I were eating breakfast, I happened to look out the window and saw that the rear passenger tire on my car was completely flat. Pancake flat. Yikes! What am I going to do now??!!
So I simply went out, took off the flat tire and put on the spare. Emma packed up her bag, and was ready to go when the car was ready. We took ourselves to the closest gas station, topped off the pressure in the spare and the rest of the tires, and off we went. I called the repair place from the parking lot of her school, and they said they have time this morning to look at it.
Emma got to school on time, I dropped the car off at the repair place to get the tire fixed (and an oil change, also needed), and then walked half a mile to my office. I was 20 minutes late, but I got here in time for my meeting.
All is well. I am invincible.