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Driving Miss Sylvia

April 9, 2011 - Kathleen Palumbo
Not qualifying for the cash for clunkers program bought her some time as a long-revered family member, however, this week, Miss Violet reached official retirement, and while I admit to a shallow love relationship with my new vehicle, pulling away from twelve years of memories wasn’t easy.

While up there in years and mileage, quite a bit worse for the wear, and single handedly depleting the ozone layer, Miss Violet was in truth wearing the battle scars of family vacations. She, like me, saw my children from elementary through high school, lovingly schlepping them to each and every activity, and last but certainly not least, put up a brave front through drivers training times two, living to tell about it.

I relived many of those memories on the drive to the dealership feeling somewhat like a traitor, eventually realizing it to be what was best for both of us. My wish for her is a long “spa-break,” followed by a new owner who will take it easy on her and somehow see the old broad for the classy relic she is.

As for my new ride, Miss Sylvia is more than reliable. She’s compact, sassy, ready for action, and completely unaware of the big shoes she has to fill.

Still feeling slight pangs of guilt, I’d like to offer one final shout out to Miss Violet…Thanks for the memories.


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