Goodbye Old Car, Hello New

So today I bought a new car.  She’s one year old, one previous owner, low mileage and she’s an absolute stunner.  I wasn’t necessarily looking for a new car, but this one was virtually bespoke in what it was and the options on it and was too good an opportunity to turn down.

However much excitement I felt going to pick her up at the garage, I was also thinking about what me and my last car have been through.

This will be my fifth car since learning to drive at 17 and, as I’ve got older, I’ve tended to keep cars longer.  The first car, a 0.9l Ford Fiesta, represented freedom.  The second, a Ford Escort Mexico was kind of our first proper car.  The third one was a Ford Focus and that one really represented the start of trying to adult.  The last car was an Audi A3 cabriolet and probably represented… I want to say fun and I want to say being grown up because it was fun but it was also the first car I bought because I could genuinely afford to get something I wanted.

This new car, I have no doubt, will be seen by many as my midlife crisis car, but never mind!

So I was thinking back on what me and the A3 had been through.  It’s interesting that I view a car as something to enjoy and not just a practical vehicle to get from A to B, but the first thing that popped in to my head was that the A3 took myself and a friend to ice skating lessons.  And it wasn’t the drive to Altrincham because that wasn’t particularly enthralling, is was definitely the experience at the end of the journey was the bit that mattered.

Of all me and that A3 went through in covering over 70,000 miles, the one abiding memory is of going skating on a Monday night for 6 weeks.  I’m not disappointed, though; I’ve said before on this blog (somewhere) how of much I enjoyed those lessons.  Maybe the A3 represented being able to help out and have fun along the way, which is fine by me.  If this new car can take me on similar journeys, I think I’m going to love it as much as my last one.

If this is what you want then why didn’t you say
You didn’t wave goodbye, now you’re gone away
I’ll always be with you
Yeah, I’ll always be with you
What you had in mind didn’t go to plan
First you learn to walk always when you run
I’ll always be with you
Yeah I’ll always be with you
And is it home somewhere you call your own
Are you happy now?
Just know
That I’ll always be with you
You’re far from me
Yeah, I’ll always be with you
You’re far from me
With you
You’re far from me
Why don’t you take me with you?
You’re far from me
Please don’t you leave me alone if you can
If its been for me
I know that I’ll always be with you
Send me a wish or give me a sign
Even though you’re gone I’ll always call you mine
You said I’ll always be with you
You said I’ll always be with you
I saved you a sheet on the bigger line
As it goes around about a thousand times
You said I’ll always be with you
You said I’ll always be with you
And is it home somewhere you call your own
Are you happy now?
Just know
That I’ll always be with you
You’re far from me
Yeah, I’ll always be with you
You’re far from me
With you

Always Be With You by Walking On Cars

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