Recently I was looking through old photos on our home computer, specifically those I had uploaded from my phone. I came across the one at the left and it took me a few minutes to remember why I had taken it.
Then I remembered the conversation with one of my kids (I forget which one it was at the time) from this past autumn. Whoever it was, said that our cars (Karen drives our minivan and I drive our compact car) were "dent buddies." I didn't know there was such a thing, but the comment led me to snapping this photo, which led me today to think back on that animated short about "Susie The Little Blue Coupe."
If you've never seen the short, take a few minutes and watch it HERE.
I remembered seeing this for the first time long before I was able to drive a car myself. And I remembered how I felt seeing the car go from new to old to unloved and then finally back to being loved again by her new owner. At the time, I was just happy for little Susie, but now, I actually have an additional appreciation for this animation. I'm quite attached to my car, and we've recently found out just how attached Karen is to her minivan (long story there ... maybe a future blog post). I've driven Jazzmine (yes, that's her name) around for almost 17 years. That's a lot of time together. Over 170,000 miles if you prefer to measure it in distance.
So in honor of my first car (I bought her myself, all the others were borrowed or gifts), I present today's Song Of The Day which is "Don't Forget Me When I'm Gone" by Glass Tiger. I am not sure how much more Jazz and I will be able to hang out together, but I know I won't forget her when it's time to finally say goodbye.