SOLSC: I am … the Van

I belong to Mary Helen. She cleans me, feeds me, and loves me. We have daily conversations. She talks to me and I listen. Sometimes I sing to her and lift her spirits. She knows she can unwind and relax in me as she journeys from here to there. I massage her back with my warming seat and wrap her with summertime-warm air. I tape record her laughter and play it back to her when she is alone. I even snuck a picture when she and Rick kissed.

She trusts me with her kids.  I cradle them and rock them to sleep on long drives. I tolerate their smelly feet and carry their equipment. I love attending all the games. I cheer from afar, while visiting with my friends nearby. I’m invited on vacations. Our trip to Florida was pleasant, refreshing, and downright fun. I can’t wait for the next one.

I chauffer her on errands and in return, she feeds me. She feeds me well; I’m like a growing teenager, with a never-ending hunger for more. I get thirsty and her bill-whew! Glad I’m not paying. I try not to eat so much, yet my energy has to be on high all the time.

My job is demanding, but I love it. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. For many months, I spent time in a car orphanage waiting for the perfect family. Now I have one and will do my best to always be reliable. They are kind and get me check-ups when needed and even take me to be fixed on occasion. I definitely will go through plenty of shoes; roads can be rough.

Yes, I am the van, but to MaryHelen, I am so much more.

15 Responses to SOLSC: I am … the Van

  1. elsie says:

    The car orphanage, a new way to think. The highest accolade: She trusts me with her kids.”
    Love this!

  2. Tam says:

    Mary Helen, I love this post–one of your best. Next time I see your van, I intend to pat her/him on the hood!! Does your van have a name yet? You are going to have to be the one to do the naming. It could just be Van!!! I love the car orphanage angle. Your writing is going well beyond informational. Is there another kind of book waiting to be written by you?

  3. Jessica says:

    What a great way to write about your van. I sure hope mine feels the same way yours done. My husband will often chuckled when I say, “I need to get the oil changed in the van. She is starting to sound alittle funny and rides a little rough.”. I guess my van and I have our own language to communicate. 🙂

  4. Jodi Mahoney says:

    What a fabulous perspective! Love it!

  5. I want to title your blog “Ode to My Van!” Your are so creative with your posts. Enjoyed this a lot.

  6. Donna Smith says:

    I also liked the “car orphanage”. Hopefully you will have many good miles before it has to move on.

  7. Linda Baie says:

    You are so right Mary Helen, it (he/she) means so much more. This is great, rather tongue-in-cheek but rather serious too about likes and dislikes. I love that ‘he’ likes it being on vacation, like the recent trip to FLA.-very fun. Thanks for the laugh!

  8. Katie says:

    How sweet Mary Helen! I love the way the van becomes a part of your family in this slice.

  9. Tara says:

    Love this post! This is exactly how I feel about my mini van.

  10. I should have read your post before I wrote today. I could have written about me from the perspective of my wigs!!

    Loved this!!!


  11. […] is my life today. I probably should have taken an idea from Mary Helen’s post about her van, but I didn’t read it in time!! Another time, maybe. For now…I’m […]

  12. I love your approach to telling about the relationship between you and your van. I feel a similar kinship with my vehicle. The relationship between the van and your kids, through you, is the best part for sure (especially the stinky feet)! 🙂

  13. Ruth says:

    One of these days I’m going to write from a different POV. I’m inspired by your slice and am going to be on the lookout!

  14. Tammy says:

    I just thought WOW when I read this! It is really good and I read it twice. What fun in the van.

  15. Bethany Hall says:

    hmmm I wonder what my car would say? My car is a conservative…always blaring WOWO… and she has great taste in music too:)

    This was great, made me laugh right off the bat!

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