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Topic: Orange (the color) (11/19/09)
TITLE: Part of the Family
By PamFord Davis
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The snow covered New York State Thruway opened asphalt arms to a lovesick couple. We drove all day listening to the radio and sharing our thoughts about the new radio job in Mississippi. The farther south we traveled the less snow we saw. This seemed so strange to a Yankee! January means winter; and winter weather creates snow banks several feet high on both sides of the road! I felt very excited about the new things I would see in the south.
I did not mind the delay for a honeymoon when we married three weeks earlier. Our trip to the new job and home would be a delayed honeymoon. We stopped for the night at a big motel in Boling Green, Kentucky. We were both tired after the long drive, but romance still high lighted our night together. I changed into my white bridal negligee and made an entrance from the bathroom. My heart and life now belonged to the groom.
We reached our Greenville, MS destination and soon we were settled into life as newlyweds. The Impala displayed a big WDDT Radio magnetic sign on the door. The car gave us our first start on a blind date, brought us to this new land and seemed like my second home. Soon we got exciting news of expecting our first child! Life took another turn and I battled bouts of homesickness. It is scary to face childbirth with your mother and sisters 1,000 miles away. Cravings and weight gain stretched across comings months; and my body showed stretch mark scars as visible evidence! The Impala served as taxi to Sunflower Hospital. Our daughter made her Mississippi entrance and I awaited a visit from Mom and my younger sister.
Roads led us back up north to the state of Ohio two years later. The faithful Impala showed years of wear and tear, but continued to serve us well. We did not plan to invest in a new vehicle. News of a second child came and we purchased our first dream home. We were active in a church across the city, which meant about a thirty minute drive. The floorboards in the car were rusted out and we dealt with that the best we could. One day we drove in the pouring rain and water splashed up from the floor! We arrived at church in sopping wet clothes! We began to face the facts; we really needed a new car!
Problems with the Chevy Impala brakes meant stopping did not coming easily, or with guarantees! My parents and brother came for a visit and while they were there we were forced to replace the Impala, as much a part of the family as any car could be. We would adapt to a brand new vehicle. The new car, fresh from the factory showed no resemblance to our big Impala. The compact Ford Maverick featured bucket seats and seat belts were included. It is not easy to strap a seat belt around an expectant mother! The car could be spotted easily on the highway or located in any large parking lot. There are not many orange vehicles on the road! I did not have my driver’s license and my husband patiently gave me driving lessons. He cautioned me to be very careful; we did not want to ding or scratch our brand new car. Accidents happen. He still speaks of when he put a long deep scratch in the shiny orange paint job! Our metal link fence jumped out and scratched our car! How did that fence get there?
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