Journal prompt: Did you have a car in high school? If so, what kind? What color?
My brother-in-law had an old white Subaru car that he used for awhile to go to work in. He sold it to my dad the summer before my senior year. My dad – the mechanic that he is – fixed it all up and then together we re-upholstered it. I LOVED that car. I used it until I was married and have so many memories with it. Lots of those memories – involve it breaking down, but somehow it still has a very fond place in my heart.
Like the night of my graduation, my friend and I were driving to Duck Creek to our graduation party and the car completely quit on us – turns out that the oil plug had somehow dropped out and I completely burned all the oil up. I remember having to call my dad on the cell phone that he made me take (back then it was a big phone in a 8×11 case and he had to come and tow the car away. We hitched a ride with some of our other classmates, so we were still able to go to the party.
Another big memory is when I was dating Joey. He was driving the car and we were taking him to work (he worked a nightshift at a Chevron). When we were almost to the station – a car in front of us made a complete sudden stop in the middle of the road and we completely rear-ended it. Joey felt so bad about being the one driving the car and I think he was embarrassed about it for years when he would talk to my dad. The lady that we rear-ended tried to sue us YEARS later for that accident. Crazy thing.
I have lots of other fun memories of driving the car around at college with my roommates. I just loved my little car!
Each Tuesday, I am going to be offering prompts or ideas. If you don’t write in your journal regularly – I am going to encourage you to write just ONCE A WEEK and answer the question/idea that I give on Tuesdays. These ideas hopefully will spark a memory and you will be able to capture that in what you write/record so that it can be left for your children/grandchildren/family/friends. Give as much detail as you can when answering.
Will you do this for me? Will you do this for your families? You can write it down in a journal, you can type it up on a computer or journaling software, you can take a recorder and talk, you can videotape your answers, you can even scrap a page with the journaling. It doesn’t matter how you do this – it’s just important that you do it. The memories, the dates, the information is the only real thing we can leave to our families when we are gone.