We've been driving the Subaru with less-than-awful wiper blades for months now. Why we're doing this, I don't know, since we bought new wiper blades last fall. The new blades have been sitting on a shelf in the garage while Kyle and I dodge and weave to try and see through a number of 2"x2" spaces left on the windshield by the old, tattered blades.
Wednesday morning, as I was warming up the car before heading to school to get Josie, I noticed that the passenger side blade was flopping around, almost completely ripped off the metal frame. Enough already. I found the new blades in the garage, installed them, and headed off to school.
Once in the car, Josie immediately noticed the new wiper blades (observant little bugger).
Josie: Cool, Daddy fixed the wipers.
Me: No, Bug, I fixed the wipers.
Josie: skeptical How did you fix the wipers?
Me: I took the old ones off, opened up the package, and put the new ones on.
Josie: That's not how Daddy would have done it.
Me: laughing Oh yeah, how would Daddy have done it?
Josie: Daddy would have fixed the old ones, not wasted so much money on new ones.
Me: stunned and laughing
Kyle was driving the car as we headed to Muskegon last night. About 10 minutes down the highway he turned the wipers on and started laughing. He looked at me, and laughed even harder.
Me: annoyed What?
Kyle: Notice anything strange about the wipers?
Me: Yes. I put the new ones on.
Kyle: Anything strange about the new ones?
Kyle: laughing and shaking his head You didn't take the protective covers off.
Me: I didn't realize they had "protective covers." They work, don't they?
At this point we discussed that we were so used to the old, falling apart blades, that even with hard plastic covers on the new ones, they still work better.
Oh...and I was right. They do work pretty well with the covers. He agreed that we might as well leave them on – the new blades will last a little longer with plastic wiper blade condoms. I might be on to something!