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Why I Took The Long Way to Work This Morning

This morning I took the long way to work.  You wouldn’t think a person who gets up in the middle of the night would want to waste any time getting to the office, but I did today. 
 
The reason was simple.  I was saying goodbye to my car.  I don’t know if everyone has a bond with their mode of transportation, but I’ve always felt connected to my cars.  I’ve never gone as far as naming any of them, but I’ve definitely felt my cars were more than a mass of metal, glass and plastic.

I’ve always kept my cars very clean.  You won’t find any fast food bags inside or piles of clothes waiting to go to the cleaners.  My car looks pretty much the same as when I picked it up three years ago.  I lease these days so I go through cars every three years.

A lot can happen in that time.  This car saw me get married, buy a house and have a child.  I know the car isn’t alive, but I can’t help but feel it was a part of the action.  On the day I got married, I drove to the ceremony myself in this car.  When my wife and I took our newborn son, Joshua home from the hospital, we did it in this car.  Just a few weeks ago, this car served as a crib.  One night Josh wouldn’t get to sleep so I took him for an hour car ride around Madison at 2 a.m. to calm him down.

Today when the car gets traded in for a new one, I’ll give it a quick pat on the hood for a job well done.  
 


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Very sweet Jonathan. They do go through a lot with us, don't they? Hopefully the baby enjoys the new one as much as the old one!
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