Thursday, January 24, 2013

Goodbye Green Toad

Today I had to say goodbye to a friend of mine, today we sold my car. The Green Toad was so much more than a car to me. I probably shouldn't admit this here in cyberspace, but I did get a bit choked up as I sat in it for the last time and "said goodbye". I'm pretty sure that Kyle thought I was completely absurd, but I've had that car since I was 16. Letting go of it felt like letting go of some great memories. I remember the first time I got to drive it, I was so excited I drove two houses up to Jessica's house where the battery promptly kicked the bucket and I had to wait for what seemed like forever to get a new battery. There was the time I was going to Senior Ball, I was in a huge hurry so I tried to squeeze in a tight spot getting out of the driveway. My side mirror hit against my dad's back tail light. I thought if I slowly kept backing out it would just brush by. For those of you out there who ever find yourselves in this same situation, it doesn't work. The light completely shattered. Looking into my dad's face at the top of the driveway, I figured it was best to just leave and deal with the consequences when I got back home. The Green Toad agreed, we sped out of there faster than ever before. I wouldn't recommend this either. There was the time we spun out together following Kyle to work. I took my hands off the wheel and let the Toad take us to a park strip on the other side of the road. Every time I looked into the driver side mirror, I always remembered my grandpa. When the cover fell off of that mirror while I was driving him home, we spent what felt like forever retracing our steps until we found it in a muddy gutter. Together we cleaned it off and taped it back with electrical tape, and for good measure taped the passenger mirror securely. Almost every time I look into that mirror, I remember that day. I've had a lot of great memories in that car. Driving to the U for four years, driving to St. George, late night drives, taking Daisy to the park. Now it's time for somebody to make their own memories with that car. I know they will gain memories that will outlast the car, just as I have.