Today marks the end of an era for me. My car is gone. Yes, it is a material thing, but it has so much meaning… It means that I can no longer drive it (or any other car yet). I know I had to do it – Guido and Valerie kept telling me to sell it, as it was sitting in the garage, and Guido had to take it out now and then. When he didn’t do it for some time the battery would die. Guess after it happened four times he got tired of having to call AAA.
But it was the right time for others. There were two mechanics at the Infiniti dealer where I had bought it in 1995 who wanted it, and there was also a waiting list there, as they have stopped making this particular model. But there was also my cleaning woman’s husband (Laura and Ed), whose car had been totaled by a reckless driver, and who needed a car for work. What best than to sell it to them? They can afford it, as I am not charging them much, and it makes me feel better because I know I am helping them. When they came today to see it, and he liked it, I told him to take it away before I changed my mind. It was the best thing I could have done, as he also loved the bumper stickers! He wanted to leave a deposit before taking it, but I explained to him that I could not wait any longer to part with it. This was IT.
Yes, I miss Tara and the bumper stickers already, but I had ignored her for three years… Goodbye, and sleep well!!!
What made it better was that Laura brought us dinner – the best! She knows how much we love pasta, as she is from Argentina with some Italian heritage too. She also knows I can’t make it now. So, she brought us this, from Villa della pasta – Turtei, ravioles trenzados rellenos de espinaca y ricota: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=loTKD4j691g. Our dinner will be the best. This is all we need to eat to be in heaven 😉
Besides, for us, today does not mean much. Since I am still sick and Guido got somewhat worse, I try to give thanks every day for what we have, not just one day. If others prefer to do it this way, that’s fine with me, of course. If it makes them feel better and more virtuous, fine too. And if it is an excuse to get together with friends and family, I understand it.
This is a great cartoon, especially for today.
I also want to thank those who still remember us and invite us, even though they know we cannot go anywhere – sorry to maybe disappoint them 😉 Guido is going to concerts at Strathmore occasionally (http://www.strathmore.org/) but that is only thanks to the kindness of Tere and Dick Wright, who come here to drive him to and from, with dinner in the bargain. Music means a lot to him, and so does their friendship.
Thanks, too, to all those who have written and continue to ask about Rosana. She is recovering nicely from her surgery of “lady parts,” as Rafael has described it!
All we wish for now is that we can soon be with the only two persons in this country who really matter to us – our daughters!!!!