Shakespeare wrote that parting is such sweet sorrow. You and I both know that’s a steaming pile of ripe bull patties. There was nothing ‘sweet’ about saying good-bye to you yesterday.
You’ve been with me almost 8 years from the earliest days of my retirement. During that time you enthusiastically shared my wanderlust and helped fuel a boundless joie de vivre I didn’t know I had in me.
We’ve travelled together far and wide on open highways, crowded city streets, and small country roads that were more of a suggestion than a reality.
You were there with me on my biggest adventures – carrying my bike, or my golf clubs, or my hiking gear. Had we stayed together, we would have eventually figured out how to carry a kayak too …. without resorting to ugly roof racks.
I wouldn’t have done that to you.
Remember the time the car dealership was horrified when I admitted we had been off-roading together? It wasn’t intentional – sometimes trying to find the trail just lead us into unexpected places.
We’ve travelled dirt roads, rocky roads, through mud, and potholes the size of small planets. We’ve seen good weather, bad weather, and the god-awful – although admittedly, getting you stuck in a foot of wet snow in an isolated forest “parking lot” wasn’t one of my proudest moments.
Nor was scraping your glossy exterior against a brick wall – twice. I’ve apologized profusely for those transgressions. Thankfully the damage was minor in both instances and could be buffed out with some effort.
I hope you will like your new family. They seem like very nice people, although I suspect you won’t be going on any more adventures like the ones we’ve shared.
Nor do I think they will ever spent a night with you, curled up in the back in a sleeping bag, staring out of your sunroof at the stars above.
Ahhh – so many good times.
I will miss your elegant strength and grace. I will miss your lusty growl when you accelerate. I did love your throaty purr and effortless speed.
Be well, my dear friend. I wish you a long and healthy life.
I miss you already.
Love always ❤️