A special member of our family is celebrating a birthday this week. Her name is
and she just turned
16. Pearl has
been with us since before we moved to Vermillion. We adopted her as a newborn in
Pearl back in ‘96.
She came as slightly damaged goods. Some prankster filled her gas tank with
gravel while she was still on the car lot, and even after the repair, Duluth was never the gal
she should have been. She has never had any acceleration power for passing
others. We loved her anyway. Pearl
She toted Sam with his juice packs and pre-school friends back in 1996. She was both wheels and motel (they were too poor for Super 8) for him and his 3 buddies on a 2010 road trip through the Great Lakes and
. In between, she has been a loyal
provider for 16 years. She has heard our arguments, kept our secrets, absorbed
our laughter and tears, and eavesdropped on some major discussions. She knows
the gravel road to the cabin without being steered, and she has put up with
hoards of dirty trash in her back end for dump runs. She’s been a faithful gem,
and given us little to complain about except for two A/C overhauls. Chicago
She has a squeak now, though old ladies can have those. Cosmet-ically, she has aged pretty well. She sports just a few age spots as you can see.
Her one and only mishap occurred at the hands of the only 14-year-old who was allowed behind her steering wheel. I dare say that
probably forgave him before we did. I think she trusted her young charge, and
we trusted her with him. If our new young driver needed wheels, he got Pearl, so they are a tad bonded. I think Sam is grateful he never gave Pearl any more trauma than the infamous freshman light pole dent. Pearl
|The freshman dent.|
She has held us all in her safety net for 16 years, and we appreciate every week we still have with her. In honor of her birthday, Pearl hit a milestone; her 175,000 miles a sign of her tenacity and grit. Though her younger garage mate, Rosie, has only lived 125,000 miles, she doesn’t hold the place in our hearts that our
Happy birthday, ol’ gal!!