I have cars on the brain maybe.
On the road to town there is an old car
that reminds me of old photos Mom saved.
Her pictures always struck me as from a Once Upon a Time era that was never truly real.
But the car I pass en route to town
is a daily reminder of a living past.
I found a photo Mom saved of her family’s new car, but Bill said, “No, that isn’t the same one we see on the way to town.” Or, is it?
The Grandparents’ New Car – No Date provided.
Does anyone know anything about this Once Upon a Time vehicle that belonged to my grandparents?
What year is it? And what make? And I wonder how much it was to buy?
Even if it is not a match for today’s roadside version, it still stirs my imagination and I yearn to take a trip back in time.
Oh for a visit to my grandparents who must have been excited to have a new car, to the aunts and uncles and cousins who may have lined up to see it, and the kids who wished for the keys.
They were my own family and their lives went by before I ever got to know them. But they are all somehow lingering and alive in that flat tired, beat up apparition I see almost every day on the way to town.
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In a quiet moment I was looking around the house.
I noticed a pattern. Do you see it too?
Unidentified Object Made By Granddaughter Jess in Her Earlier Years
Collie and Friend
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The Old Oldie Just Detailed
I discovered it is never too late for an adventure!
Aging is no barrier since there are surprising opportunities to experience new, wonderful and uplifting feelings that can leave a person dreaming in anticipation.
I suspect you are eagerly awaiting the details.
Bill and I bought a car.
That was fun, but not the dreamy exciting adventure in question.
We purchased a 2013 used car (with a lot of techie he-man gadgets). This car is old but new to us.
But no, that was not the adventure either.
To further explain this story it should be known that the new-old car is now Bill’s and I have inherited our 2006 old-oldie.
Certainly not the stuff of dreams huh?
But just as an aside, surely my giving up the new car will put me on your
list of sacrificing, saintly humans who give more than they receive.
To further qualify this story and to fill you in on the adventure,
It must be remembered that anything Bill touches gets kind of messy – meaning dusty and used-up looking (excluding Me of course).
Anyway, the brand New Used Car is now Bill’s to mess up,
and the Old Used Car is solely and exclusively MINE!
And the Old Used Car has been “detailed.”
AND THAT MY FRIENDS IS THE ADVENTURE!
I am beyond excited!
I have never had such work done before but I now have an old car that
- looks like new,
- buffed to a high shine,
- no dust,
- no pebbles
- and no mud on the floor boards,
- everything organized in the glove compartments,
- ancient papers discarded and only the most up to date easily accessible,
- bugs off the windshield and anywhere else they have collected,
- leftover food from feeding the critters at Safari Park vacuumed out of the window wells, and
- in other words, untouched by you-know-who!
O.K., I didn’t really expect them to organize my papers – or did I? That is a “detail” isn’t it?
I was beside myself with anticipation – like a young girl looking for a new dress to prepare for the prom, I kept imagining things.
Will I love it?
Will it look as good as I think it will?
Will the world see how beautiful it is?
Talk about an adventure! I know it’s not like rock climbing or skiing or even trampoline jumbing.
But WoooHooooo! Did you ever think of DETAILING an old car as an adventure?
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I never tire of the view from our kitchen window here in rural Virginia.
This dawn foretold an oncoming rain storm
and a rainbow that was another missed photo-op.
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My favorite stories are about survival.
Like tales about the plague or hurricanes are just wonderful.
Surely there must be germs of experience in such doomsday revelations to help one through life’s most pressing challenges.
But the latest survival information I discovered is even more direct. A rather obscure article I read recently gave explicit instructions on imaging to deal with life problems. Evidently you can think your way into surviving anything by simply writing a thought, shredding it, and then discarding what you wrote!
Doesn’t that make some logical sense?
Presumably, the image of trashing a problem like the plague (after you reduce it to little paper bits) will make the whole thing go away. I’m sure they never thought of imaging in the days of death-by-plague, but we have definitely come a long way since then haven’t we?
Anyway, as instructed, I now spend 15 to 30 minutes a day writing down every thought and then shredding and discarding each thought, one by one.
The waste basket is full of bits of note paper .
And in the last few days noticeable patterns emerged.
“Get graduation cards for J and K.”
(Do you see any correlation to eradicating a serious problem in such thoughts? Well I wrote them down anyway and did the dastardly shredding.)
“When will my friend be moving back to this area?”
“Should I order pot holders online?”
(So far there have been no subliminal answers. Maybe I am thinking of this exercise like it’s a Ouiga Board.)
“I wish I had a dog.”
“Wish I didn’t have to cook dinner tonight.”
“I wish I was thin.”
(Now wouldn’t that be something if I could tear up the last wish and begin to lose weight? I did notice I skipped the after-lunch cookie today!)
- This exercise is fun.
- I don’t think it has any intrinsic value but will let you know if I ever feel problem free.
- Maybe the exercise can be tailored to address specific problems. Like one day you shred only those thoughts that are about wishes.
- Or maybe it is like writing a letter to Santa, who will read the list and come forth with all the goodies
- I don’t see any signs that my expected longevity is extended.
- So much for shredding problems.
- And so much for survival.
And my last thought was/is in the Reminder category, “Don’t forget to buy a whole bunch of scratch pads because you are running out of shredding-paper.”
Now maybe THAT is a solveable problem except I shredded the reminder and will probably forget what I was trying to remember.
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Change is o.k. I guess.
But at what point should one begin to think about starting over?
I am giving serious consideration to reliving my life with new loves.
No, I don’t mean acquiring new relationships.
Well, maybe so. Maybe some relationships. Relationships with places and things.
Long-time favorites once loved and counted on are either going, going, going, or gone.
- The downtown gift shop I loved and even wrote advertising copy for is selling out!
- The health food store I depended on for expensive delicacies and youth restoring vitamins has already closed its doors.
- Long nylon nightgowns that helped with silky, sleepy, bed-turning are now considered “Vintage” and impossible to find unless you want to sleep in something slept in by somebody else.
- Big terry cloth pot holders with pockets are missing. They may be another vintage item. (Hurrah Ebay!)
- My quilted barn coat is getting frayed from 12 years of use and is irreplaceable. The store that carried it no longer carries it. Neither does anyone else.
- Favorite tea flavor (Vanilla Caramel) is gone from our local grocery stores. Is there such a thing as Vintage Tea? (Yay! Amazon!).
Every day something else is NA (Not Available – To be youth oriented, I am practicing talking in initials) and the search begins for replacements.
“Such is life,” my sainted mother used to say.
She never told me I would lose so many old loves and would have to start life over.
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