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Topic: Adolescence/Teen Years (07/16/09)
- TITLE: Car Sick
By Allen Stark
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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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