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!
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