RUNNER UP: WHAT A GREAT RIDE
By Barbara Rocchi, Neptune Beach, Florida
It was an archaeological dig. In cleaning out our family’s 12-year-old minivan to sell, I found LEGOs, ticket stubs, sports balls of every kind, church bulletins, a prom corsage, a lone shin guard … The heart of our married life, from the kids in their car seats to each kid in the driver’s seat flashing a learner’s permit. Our toddler’s protests as his milkshake, too cold for little hands, flew forward—whoosh—and hit the windshield—splat! Vacations in the mountains and at the beach. Doctor appointments for my sweet, aging parents. My mom-years leave with you, old van.
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