Why would you leave an angel alone at a roadside diner, even if she was simple in the head, turn around and pick up another hitch-hiker that would ultimately scar you? Sometimes we fail to realize the good things that are right in front of us because we're too busy focused on a point far ahead. Mr. Shiftlet never realized just how good a deal he had while living with the old woman and her daughter. All he could think about was that car, the item that would take him to somewhere better, at least he thought. He left Lucynell asleep at a foreign diner, left, and picked up a boy on down the road. "He felt too that a man with a car had a responsibility to others and he kept his eye out for a hitch-hiker." (pg. 60) What about the people that started out in the car with you? Well, things didn't turn out so well for Mr. Shiftlet in the end. His illusions were shattered as he was yelled at by a boy who obviously had a terrible mother (at least from his point of view). It is shortly after this that Mr. Shiftlet cries out to God to wash the slime from the earth (meaning the boy) and instead is chased by a rain cloud that we don't even know if he ever escaped. It just goes to show that you should be careful what ya wish for 'cause it might turn out the way you expect it to and that you should be thankful for what you've now, not what you may have one day.
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