When I saw question number three in this weeks Writers Workshop I had to giggle, or maybe cry….
Question #3.) Your first car.
You see, I still drive my first car! Many of you are probably thinking, but you’re so young (and I thank you for that) but at the same time it’s time for me to get a new car (at least in my opinion). To bad I need to finish school first, so for the next couple of years this car is going to have to do! I guess it could be worse!
The end of my junior year of high school I bought my first car with the help of my parents. I picked out the car, test drove it and then went home to tell them about it. They however surprised me by buying it without me. I was working one Saturday morning and my parents showed up right as I was getting off. I thought that was weird but nothing to abnormal! We walked to their car and I was waiting to get in when my mom said, "maybe you want these". At that point I realized the car parked next the them was the car I test drove the day before! It was mine!
It’s a 2001 Honda Civic, just one year old, with about 7,500 miles on it. So close to being brand new and it was mine….all mine!
Now that my car is 10 years old, and I’ve had it for almost a decade (gulp), its had some wear and tear on it. In January 2010, my beloved car hit the 100,000 mile mark with very little problems -actually no issues at all other than normal maintenance. However, it has had its share of accidents, most of them in thanks to my sisters!
For starters, my middle sister Kelly, CANNOT back up to save her life. At my parents house our driveway is on a hill at an odd sharp angle. Whichever one of us got home first would park at the top of the driveway, the other would park behind. Every. Single. Time. Kelly would park up top and have to back up around me she would hit my car. Kelly backs up like she’s driving a bumper car vehicle! Very annoying!! Luckily, she only would give it "love taps" and not anything major. You can see some of the scratches on the front of my car. Oh and the “H” logo is pushed in on the hood! Thanks Kel!
When my youngest sister turned 16, she didn’t buy a car right away because my family had a plethora of cars and I was working across the street so most of the time I didn’t need a car. So I graciously allowed Alex to drive my car for about 6 months day and night. I’m a nice sister! It was during Alex’s tenure with my car that the major damage occurred. The biggest issue was when she got side swiped on the passenger side by a semi truck on the freeway. That left a MAJOR indent in the side of my car. It wasn’t her fault it happened, it just happened on her watch! She feels bad, and promises she will get it fixed. (Hopefully she doesn’t read this because she’ll be mortified and embarrassed! Oh well!)
Like I said my car could be worse off. I should be happy I have a safe and reliable car to drive!!