Yesterday was a lovely day to have gone for a short trip. The weather was warm, yet extremely windy, some of the trees are starting to bloom giving me a colorful view while driving. The computer, well that’s another story and a lesson I should have learned a while ago.
I’ll share more about the computer story a bit later. For now I have two computers, neither are working properly and a new phone I am told I can write my posts on if need be. I am borrowing a lap top today to write this and will spend tonight seeing if I can upgrade the one computer with parts from the original one. I really should have had my son teach me how to do this before he moved out to start his adult life, now I need to learn this on my own.
The drive was interesting. I have only been in a car twice since November until yesterday. It was just long enough to be able to see that our cars aren’t just a means to get from on place to the next.
I had noticed the little ones claiming their own spot in the car but hadn’t thought much about it. Then I climbed into my borrowed vehicle from my eldest son and began to make the vehicle my own. Out came the stainless steel water bottle to set in the cup holder closest to my seat. My purse was set conveniently between the two front seats, with the flap open to easily access my cell phone if needed. I adjusted the seat to fit me just right, with lumbar support the seat fit me like a glove.
I then checked the radio for the stations I would want to listen to during the drive. Just as I would lose reception of the channels in my hometown area, I would be able to pick up the channels I enjoy from my destination. There is a storage compartment for glasses, where I stored my sunglasses when they weren’t needed.
Sitting enveloped in a seat made for my specifications, having remote access to the stereo system from buttons on the steering wheel, I realized our cars aren’t just a means of getting somewhere, they are extensions of our homes.I looked around the car and noticed the hat my son leaves in the car he has to wear for work, extra napkins for cleaning up spills, the children’s car seats with cup holders and favorite activities set near by, There are plugs for electronic games, and even climate controls for each seat. No longer does a passenger need to add a sweater if they tend to get chilled . One person can have air conditioning while another has none.
There were extra hair ties for long hair, sun screen for visits to the beach, towels for drying off the dog, etc.
I still remember cars having simply an AM radio, nothing power, no plugs for charging things, and no movies available to watch while driving. Today, we live out of our cars, and equip them to allow us to feel right at home while driving, even just around town.