I Planned On Making The Million Mile Club

I planned on making the million-mile club with my trusty ol’ Volvo. Although she was 22 years young, Cliff King told me he’d keep her running as long as I wanted. She had just turned 280,000 and I had not intention of ever getting rid of her.

And then this morning, everything changed…


There she was, parked in front of Sage’s and Alex’s house in Decatur, minding her own business, and a big SUV going far too fast for a residential neighborhood, swerved across the street, rammed my best friend, and sent her into the yard of a day care center three doors down.

She won’t be shuttling me where I want and need to go any longer and she won’t make the million-mile club. It breaks my heart because I truly loved my car; but, hey, I wasn’t out there packing her up to come home, there weren’t any moms, dads, or children on the sidewalk (which there usually are in abundance at any given time), and the auto that did the damage did not hit Sage’s and Alex’s home.

I ventured outside a while ago to survey the scene of the accident and found the amber covers from her headlights and part of the trim from the side — and, yes, I am going to give them a prominent place among my favorite graffiti.

All of you who know me know I don’t replace things until they break. My refrigerator is 23 years old, the washer & dryer are 18 years young, and Bessie, the Volvo, was 22 — but she sho’ got broke this morning and I guess I’ll have to replace her.

But as with anything one loves, replacing is impossible…I can only find a substitute.

About Pam Avery Printed

I graduated from the University of Georgia in 1972 with a major in journalism (public relations) and a minor in business (marketing). My experience for the last 40 years includes working in the corporate world (banking), the newspaper industry (advertising design and sales), owning and selling a restaurant, restoring and utilizing several old buildings on the property, teaching private dance and drama lessons for 20 years, free-lance writing for a national textile firm, publishing two children’s books, and ghost writing a book. My last tour of duty before beginning the current chapter was working as a reporter, photographer, and columnist for five weekly community newspapers. And now I teach...media writing at Columbus State University in Columbus Ga. I consider myself very fortunate--I get to be around intelligent, energetic and enthusiastic young people. What a joy. I believe the written word is one of the most powerful tools known to humankind. And now we have the ability to reach millions with a simple click of the mouse. Wow.
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6 Responses to I Planned On Making The Million Mile Club

  1. so sorry . My red volvo wagon that I bought used when I was 40 made it until I was 53. She had 170,000. Sold her to someone else who only drove in town. Great car.
    Glad you are ok physically. We know the rest of the story.

  2. Aww, bummer. My car has been hit twice just minding its business parked in front of my house, too, although not that badly. Ugh.

    • Bummer for sure but I’ll make the best of this. As my son said: it is another random act that appears bad on the surface but which will turn out good…but I do seem to attract those weird random acts…hum???

  3. J9 STYLE says:

    I can believe it was just hit like that. Glad that no one was around or hurt.

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