Saturday, July 5, 2008

First Cars

My first car was a 1966 Buick Wagon Special (like the one in the picture, but mine was midnight blue) that I bought for $150 on 1970. It was a great car that my best friend and I spent hours cleaning and fixing up.

I loved that car. In fact, I still have the license plate from it hanging in my garage!

When our daughter got her driver license last fall, a friend offered to give her a car they no longer needed! It's a light blue 1986 Volvo Wagon. Amanda loves it! She spent a bunch of time cleaning it and caring for it.

Amanda's coming home from her summer mission trip in about a week-- 8 days, 22 hours, and 58 minutes, to be exact! Unfortunately I'll be out of town at the NACBA Conference, so I wanted to do something to welcome her home. I filled her car up at the station with the drive-through car wash and had it washed and waxed too. What a riot! When the power washer went over the car, I found out that the door and window seals leak a LOT! So does the moonroof seal! I got showered!

I sat there thinking about her driving such an old-- yet safe-- car, and realized there may be some wisdom in it... though I can't take credit for it since it was our friend who gave the car to her.
  • Young drivers make mistakes sometimes, and so it's nice that her car was not a big investment. If something happens to the car, I'm okay with that.
  • I think giving her too nice of a car now might set up unreasonable expectations for her future car purchases. If she started at the top of the heap, where would she go from there? That could be tough on her husband to live up to early in their marriage.
  • Having an older car that needs to be babied a little probably helps to appreciate what it takes to be considered a good steward. The one who is faithful will be given more responsibility.
Am I just trying to justify her driving such an old car? Maybe, but I don't think so... what do you think?


Anonymous said...

I had a best friend too, that had a car just like you describe.

We took it on a camping trip through a few western states when we were teenagers. The Lord was sure looking out for us on that trip, but we didn't know it at the time.

Biggest problem with the car was the rear roll-up window. It could easily be broken by something as small as a BB.

Nick Nicholaou said...

Anonymous, you are so funny! You're my friend that helped me fix that car up! Yes, the Lord did protect us in many ways in our youth and since... I'm so glad we connected yesterday and that you shared how you've come to saving faith in Jesus! I'm so thankful for that! Thanks for posting your very special comment,