Sunday, May 23, 2010

A Sad Goodbye...

You know that James Blunt song "Goodbye my Lover"?
Tonight I'd like to dedicate that song to my long lost Saturn...

"Goodbye my Lover Car,
Goodbye my friend.
You have been the one.
You have been the one for me!"

It may sound silly but I really did love that car!

When I was single and carefree, and after way too many years of being carless, I was ready to take the plunge into the land of car ownership. My dad suggested that if it was possible, I get a brand new one! He and Mom came out to Chicago to help me purchase my very first car (that wasn't just an old beater to drive around in high school or college), my beautiful Saturn.

I'm glad I had the "new car" experience...because I am sure I never will again.
Insoo thinks maybe when we're 65, but he's a dreamer, that one.

Did I mention I put $0 down and paid 0% interest for the 5 year loan for my brand new car? Yeah that was before my credit was ruined with foreclosure. AAAaaaaaaanyway.

It was a fabulous car and I would highly recommend Saturn except that they went out of business. :(

So it was getting older, but was such a dependable car and I would have never anticipated getting rid of it--it had been so good to me over the years.

But alas, about a week ago, I was stopped at a red light. A guy ran HIS red light, crashed into another car in the intersection, started spinning, and smashed right into me.

God totally protected me and's still moving around to let me know he or she is doing just fine.
Thank God also that Insoo and the boys were home (early morning after I had a VERY early dr apt!)

The car, however...was totaled.

The boys thought the "broken car" was hilarious. They'd laugh and point and say, "Broken Car!"

But when the day came for the tow truck to haul it away...Elliot seriously sobbed as we watched and waved from the front door. He really wants to put that "naughty" tow truck in JAIL. And he and Isaiah are making all kinds of plans, having to do with breaking it, eating it (?) and THEN putting it in jail. And if you saw their faces while they talk about it, you'd be scared!!!

Really, it was a sad moment. I'm sure Elliot's sobs contributed to my own teariness, but there I stood waving goodbye to this "car-friend" who had been very faithful to me for a long time!!

So goodbye, my dear car. You really were so good to me. It was very sad to see you go.
(We took photos but none are really worth posting, so I'll spare you.)

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On a much happier note, despite my unbelief...despite my anxiety...despite my wondering how in the world God was going to help us figure out what to do with our ONE family car being totaled, and our need for a bigger vehicle in just over 4 mos...

Despite a depleted savings account and despite our horrendously ruined credit due to our foreclosure in Chicago...HE has proven Himself faithful again and again.

We have not been in need of a car from the day of the accident (due to friends giving rides, friends loaning cars, a rental car through insurance, and more offers of loaning cars in the near future which we will most likely need to accept).

We have felt totally supported and loved and checked on by many people. And your "true friends" really show themselves when you're going through a season where you need help...don't they?!

And now through totaled-car-insurance-money, faithful family, and generous friends loaning $ and standing in the gap for is looking like we are going to say a very Happy Hello to our next family "car" (anybody say minivan???) very soon!

HE truly is faithful and provides for all of our needs.
I am astonished tonight.


Jenny said...

Snif, snif. I feel sad too, Ange. I share fond memories of that Saturn too. I remember road trips in that car and just driving around in Chicago in it. I remember commenting to you the last time I was up in Columbus how that Saturn had been such a good car to you. I remember when you first got it in Chicago too. Can you post a picture of the Saturn. I would like to see it one last time.

Hannita said...

so glad things are looking better on the car front. i was just thinking about y'all tonight.

mommyoflove2 said...

I really hope and pray that you can get a minivan and join the ranks of "soccer moms" all over the world:) Except you'd be a really cool one!

I am sorry that you had to say goodbye to your car and that the boys were so sad. You should have them start thinking of names for your new car:)

Joel said...

Oh, my car might be dead, too! It's on it's way out, that's for sure. But the boys crack me up! The whole plan for putting the tow truck in jail reminded me of Pee Wee's Big Adventure when he's in the biker bar:

Biker #2: [the whole gang holds Pee-wee hostage] I say we kill him!
Biker Gang: [shout] Yeah!
Biker #3: I say we hang him, *then* we kill him!
Biker Gang: [shout] Yeah!
Biker #4: I say we stomp him!
Biker Gang: [shout] Yeah!
Biker #4: Then we tattoo him!
Biker Gang: [shout] Yeah!
Biker #4: Then we hang him...!
Biker Gang: [shout] YEAH!'!
Biker #4: And then we kill him!
Biker Gang: [shout] YEAH!'!'!

Good bye Saturn. I'm sure soon you'll have an Escort to hang out with...wherever cars hang out when they're gone!