In the United States we love our cars and we love to hear stories about them as well. I would like to share my first car story from when I was about 11 years old. It is a story that should not have happened. In today’s car it could not happen as is it did then. This is a true story of my childhood. I hope you enjoy it and learn a lesson from it as well.
When I was 11 years old I was riding with my mother in our 63 Station Wagon making deliveries for my father who worked as a door to door salesman at the time. We were driving in the Santa Cruz mountains that afternoon and since the vehicles in those day did not come with seat belts I was not wearing any.
I was sitting in the passenger’s seat as my mother drove around a tight corner and my door flew open. Of course when it flew open I flew out of the car. As I realized what was happening I was able to grab the door window frame because the window was rolled down at the time. I do remember hanging on as my mother completed going around the corner and the centripetal force receded the door began to close and my mother realized that something was wrong.
She slowed the car until she could safely stop and get me back in the car. I don’t remember what happened after we rounded the corner and how my hands were not crushed as the door closed but I am sure I bounced off the side of the car a couple of times, which I am sure made my mother aware of what had happened.
The good news is I was not seriously hurt during the escapade and I had an awesome thrill ride around the corner. The bad news my mother was shaken up more than I was and that was the last time she let me ride in the car without locking the door to ensure it didn’t open. I should have seen this as an omen of what was to come when I started driving. But like all good teen agers I thought I was immortal and for a while maybe I was.
I will share other stories as we go on by the time I get through sharing them with you, maybe you will agree with me. After totaling three cars in my senior year of high school, I learned my lesson and learned to drive a little more defensively. But those stories are for later, and I would the to spoil them for you too soon.
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