This week I said good bye to an object that had been a part of my life for over 13 years. It was finally time for my beloved Camry to go. It had been my dream car when I bought it, brand new, in 1999. It had made numerous road trips, camping trips, trips to births, a trip to a wedding, trips to funerals, trips to pick up the dogs, on and on. It had been a part of my daily life for these 13 years. Although it had almost 184,000 miles on it and was, um, shall we say gently worn it still ran good. I would have been happy to keep it for a while longer but suspected I was running on borrowed time.
I hate car shopping, most people do. I put off doing this for a year, so finally last weekend decided to get going and get it done. I knew I would not go all over South Texas to shop for a "good deal" since I didn't have the time or the desire to do so. So after a little shopping and a little negotiating the deal was done. I picked up my Mazda CX-9 on Monday night.
Even though I was happy with the old car I realize that it is good to have something new, something different. The change has been strangely refreshing. I'm still puzzled about why, though. Maybe it is just the difference between the old and the new. After all, the car is just an object, a necessity but it does have new technology and feels up to date, not just plainly comfortable. Sometimes change is good.