Thursday, October 18, 2007

I sold a little piece of my heart

At 5:30 p.m., eastern standard time, Holly the Honda ceased to be a member of our family. It was a bittersweet moment as I cleaned out all of my junk, knowing that I would never smell the moldy interior of that worn down car ever again. We put the car in the paper yesterday, thinking it would take a miracle to sell. Today, Ben got dozens of calls on it and by 5:30 p.m., she was out of our lives.

I don't know why I feel sad about it; it is an inanimate object. We went through a lot together, though. She moved me from my dorm, to Ben's and my first house together, and to our current residence. She hit countless curbs as I tried to park her on the streets of Jackson when I worked at Marcoux Allen. She endured dusty, pot-hole roads at Somerset. She carried me safely to Hillsdale for the last couple months. Sure she was ugly as sin and never had a properly working air conditioning system. Yes, she made a clicking sound every time she turned left. And yes, she smelled like death b/c her owner littered her interior with water bottles that eventually broke and leaked all over the carpet, but she bore it like no other car could have bore it.

I will miss you, Holly. Godspeed to you and your new owners.


rachel said...

Oh, Jeanette... I feel your pain. I didn't even get a chance to say goodbye to my beloved "Rusty Red," as she was so affectionately (and appropriately) named. It's a hard thing to part with a trusty old vehicle. You feel like some sort of Benedict Arnold. Of course, I try to lessen my guilt by reminding myself that my darling younger brother sold my beautiful 1986 red Chevy S-10 to our neighbors for a grand total of $70. No, I did not forget a 0. Seventy. Seventy dollars. I really don't understand the logic behind my brother cashing in on my little truck... but every time I see her sitting in their driveway - never being used, and most assuredly never being loved - I die a little inside. Know that your cries have not gone unheard...

rachel said...

i've waited long enough for another brilliant & hilarious update. don't keep me in suspense. also... howsabout getting together soon?