So Long, Farewell, Auto Wiedersehen, Goodbye

28 Nov

Exactly fourteen years ago today I bought this:

The Saturn, not the tow truck.  The tow truck didn’t come around until yesterday.

I didn’t think I’d established a relationship with my car.  I never gave it a name, or even a gender.  But when they pulled it down our street, around the corner, and out of sight,  I got choked up.  Okay, let’s be honest, I bawled like a 3rd grader faced with long division.

The breech in the emotional floodgates started when I flipped over that title, which had been solely in my hands with a giant PAID stamp on it for well over a decade, and was forced to maneuver my handwriting into a signature that my muscle memory had forgotten:  Christina J. Vogelsang.

The car was my first major purchase as a full-fledged, gainfully employed, single adult.  I did the research, the shopping, the haggling (okay, fine, it was a Saturn, there was no haggling), and the paying.  That navy sedan was a sign of my independence.

Except independence isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m sad to see the car go, but I am overjoyed that we have now become a two mini-van family.  I embrace the double dorkiness.  Give me booster seats, and entertainment packages, and back-row cupholders.  Forget independence – I have dependents!

And also, I am dependent, on a fantastic man, with whom I have now researched, shopped, haggled (you should have seen me talk to that dealer who wouldn’t give us the price he originally quoted last week), and paid.  It’s a dependency that is accompanied by the most freeing contentment you can imagine.

I cried not for the loss of the last little piece of my single life, but for the many miles that I have covered in the last fourteen years, and the beautiful location at which I have arrived.

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4 Responses to “So Long, Farewell, Auto Wiedersehen, Goodbye”

  1. kaethe November 28, 2012 at 4:11 pm #

    We went from being a one-car family for over nine years to being a two-minivan family. Love it! It is so nice to be able to fit the entire family in either vehicle. What a luxury!

    What kind did you get? We love our Odyssey more each day. Seriously.

    • Christina Joy November 28, 2012 at 11:02 pm #

      Woah! You’re a two mini-van family now!?!? My boys would panic if they couldn’t identify you guys by your white van!

      We got a second Town and Country. We’ve loved our first one, and it is so comforting to know that our entire family can go in either vehicle.

  2. David Fleming November 28, 2012 at 9:04 pm #

    Goodbye Saturn. You were always a delightful welcome or cheery headlights when the several different Fleming vehicles found their way into the church parking lot.

    • Christina Joy November 28, 2012 at 11:03 pm #

      For its part, the new T&C will do it’s best to be a happy Sunday Morning person, um, vehicle.

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