Honeysuckle Air: Buying a Car to Save $7.00 in Taxi Fares – Humor

It is fascinating how we make spontaneous choices and quickly find a way to justify them.

One year I had gone without a car due to a serious car accident that  pretty much prevented me from walking for a year.  I had 17 injuries which resulted in my having both a  surgery on my knee and a hernia where the seat belt saved my life with a whop to my gut.

Although a dear couple we knew made us a great deal on a replacement car, my husband drove it to work and I was without a car most of the time.  However, since I was not up to driving, it was the right thing for that point in time.

It worked out that I was living at the time above the small school where I worked, so I was tolerating the limitations fairly well.  My dear husband did all the grocery shopping, and a longtime teacher friend came in to work at 1:00 each day to finish my class since I was so  worn out by then that I just had to sit down. Friends had been generous in transporting me to the many medical appointments to help me in the long and arduous process of healing. I was getting stronger all the time, but hadn’t yet replaced the car which had been totaled in a mere second.

However, I had an appointment a few days before Christmas and was having a hard time finding a ride to help me get there.  Someone mentioned our community did have a taxi and I found out it would take about $7.00 to get to my appointment.

For some weird reason, that revelation triggered my growing impatience with not driving, and I found myself insisting on going car shopping in the blinding rain since that was the only day I had available before the appointment.

I took great pride in having saved $7.00 as I drove myself to that appointment, and later to a Christmas Eve service at my church.  As I began to make monthly car payments, I realized how burned out I had become with being totally dependent on others.

My friends and family never forgot to chuckle at my supposed reason for buying that car—to save a taxi fare of course!

Copyright by Hildra Tague. Contact the author for print or online republication.


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Career educator in both public and private schools. Has tutored all ages. Writes about education, parenting, & seniors. Sings harmony with folk/rock group and a choir. Caregiver for spouse who dealt with Stage IV cancer. Happy person committed to nature and conservation of a green world.
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One Response to Honeysuckle Air: Buying a Car to Save $7.00 in Taxi Fares – Humor

  1. Deborah Aldridge says:

    I haven’t had a car for two years, and in the town where I live, there is no decent public transportation. I miss so much having a car sometimes, but then I think about insurance and maintenance, not to mention payments, and I decide to wait just a little longer. I’m now moving to Gainesville, FL, where they have a wonderful public transportation system, and I don’t know if I will ever want a car again. Well, of course, I will eventually, but it has saved me a lot of impulse spending not having a car. Too easy to just jump in and drive up to the store to buy things I really don’t need.


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