Lately I have taken to making daily lists for myself just to try and keep all the aspects of my life together as I have a fear that I will forget to do something important.
I am writing fundraising letters and making contacts for the children's day I coordinate for our local summer festival of the arts, I'm having informal meetings with the woman for whom I work at her annual tulip festival and painting signs for her, and I am putting on a workshop with our local librarian next week. I'm also reminded every time I open a cupboard in my kitchen that it needs a thorough spring cleaning and pledging to get it done over spring break next week. At least the kids can help with that job.
In the middle of all this, as I was driving my daughter and her friend to play practise last Friday evening, our workhorse of a van died - for good this time - and we had to find a new one, and fast. Yesterday we brought home our new van and our girls named it within five minutes: Heidi the Honda. We have had names for all our vehicles, a fleet of trusty friends, which, when I think of them, hold so many memories of our growth and activity as a family. I was provoked to write a little ditty about all the cars we've owned. So sing along with me!
Betsy was a tercel, a twenty-somethings' car,
She drove us to the ski hills and over to the bar.
She took us to the Yukon on our honeymoon,
We sold her to a friend, but a moose took her too soon (the car, not the friend).
Subie was a white one, a hatchback full of kids,
I learned to drive her stick shift, and crashed her on the skids.
She conquered snow and traffic, was comfortable to drive,
If not for that truck with failing brakes, she might be still alive.
Ruby was the classy one, she cornered something sweet,
She treated us so well until we needed one more seat.
We were sad to see her go but, alas, we had to sell her,
We sold her to a long haired guy, I think his name was Allah.
Our van was christened 'Max', the biggest car we'd ever spied,
She gave us eight good years of fun before she up and died.
We filled her up with everything - skis and camping gear,
Our memories of her are good, she truly was a dear.
So now we'll add another to this list of good old friends,
That carry us along on this road with many bends.
Our new van is a Honda Odyssey, Heidi is her name,
We welcome her with gladness and hope she will remain.
I will try to catch up on everyone's blogs this weekend. Have a great one, and please share your stories about your own trusty vehicles.