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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Adolescence/Teen Years (07/16/09)

TITLE: Car Sick
By Allen Stark
07/18/09


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Here in Iowa teenagers are allowed to start their driver's training at an earlier age than in many states. The reason probably has something to do with the fact that many of them live in rural areas, like farms, and have, like myself, been driving the farm equipment or pickup around the farm and country roads since they could see over the steering wheel. In fact the first time granddad asked, “Ya wanna drive?” I was only seven years old. Of course it wasn't on Interstate 80 going 70 miles an hour, but for a young kid driving across a pasture at 10 miles an hour it was pretty exciting.

Over the years, since that experience, I have had opportunities to drive a wide variety of vehicles in several different countries and in many different situations. One of the most exciting vehicles was the Army's version of the Hummer. Prior to that it was the classic MG, which I purchased from a college student who needed the money to complete his education back in 1961. However, I experienced my first episode of being “car sick” when I discovered how much insurance I had to pay as the new owner and how much the maintenance cost. I grew even more “car sick” when I finally realized I had to sell the car in order to afford my own college tuition.

This brings me to my daughter's definition of “car sick.” I began her driver's training back in February, 2007. During each of our outings she would see a car that would elicit exclamations such as: “See that car. That's the one I want!” or, “That's the color I want!” And she made sure I knew that, “I don't want to drive around in this old (2003) van. It's embarrassing! It makes me sick!”

So much for her car sickness. What makes her parents “car sick” is when we have to think about our additional expenses, such as, insurance, car payment, gas, maintenance, etc.
What tends to make us a bit queezy in our stomachs, is when we realize she is finally driving alone, and with friends who don’t fully understand our concerns about our daughter's safety. There hardly seems to be a month that goes by we don't hear of some terrible accident involving young drivers.

The one thing that does seem to unite us human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we all believe we are above average drivers.


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Sara Harricharan 07/23/09
LOL! I can agree with that last line. *sigh* was it thinking like that, that brought about "road rage"? Nice job. Definitely something we can all relate to.
John Elliott07/25/09
Isn't it interesting how the definition of "car sickness" has changed? Nice piece.
Rachel Burkum08/20/09
I chuckled when realizing your definition of "car sickness." Clever. Your final words rang true as well.