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Driving Miss Violet

August 6, 2009 - Kathleen Palumbo

With the economy of today, the cash for clunkers program and the car offers abounding, I find myself wondering if my way of thinking about vehicles is, well like my vehicle, somewhat of a relic.
As each of the past ten years came and went, the ongoing debate with my kids about my car has gone a little like this…
She’s purple.  No, she’s cranberry, and I have the purchase paperwork to back that up.     
Mom – she’s old, rusty and she makes noise.  
So am I – would you throw me to the scrap heap when I’m wrinkled and creaky?
No response.                                                                                                                 We're single-handedly depleting the ozone layer.                                                Touche'
LOOK at the mileage!!
Yes, she has shlepped you, friends and teammates to many a baseball and basketball game, served as your transportation to every major family vacation you’ve ever been on, and seen two teens through drivers training, a little worse for the wear, living to tell about it, nonetheless.
The fact is, over the last ten years, Miss Violet has worn many hats.  She has, like me, seen my children grow from middle schoolers to college students entering their own realm of car ownership.  We have a history.  Am I strange – or does anyone else feel that pang of guilt and sadness when relinquishing a trusty transport for that shiny new car smell?
My lifestyle is crazy busy and I know the time is nearing when I’ll need to say goodbye for more reliable transportation.  I’m currently mulling over the cash for clunkers program to see if I qualify.  But for now, I’ll keep that to myself – after all, I wouldn’t want to hurt Miss Violet’s feelings. 


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