Green Bean… by JoAnn
For a few years now, I have been driving a 2004 Chevy Aveo.Â It’s aÂ rather small, compact car.Â It was passed down to me by my youngest daughter Chelsea.Â It had been given to her by her grandfather.Â It’s a very bright, neon green color.Â Chelsea lovingly named “her” Green Bean.
For all my life, I have driven large cars.Â I learned to drive at the age of 15 in my daddy’s 1970, 4 door, Chevy Impala.Â I then went on to marry a young man who owned (if my memory serves me right) a 1976 Ford Thunderbird.Â I then went on to drive Ford Crown Victoriaâ€™s and Grand Marquis.Â I continued to drive the same size of vehicles until my Green Bean.
I must admit, it was quite a change driving a car less than half the size of what I had been used to.Â At first it was uncomfortable.Â I felt cramped and unprotected.Â And being neon green, I felt like I stood out …well, like a green thumb.Â LolÂ
But I quickly realized there were many great features to driving a compact car.Â First of course being the great gas mileage.Â I was not use to that at all, after driving gas guzzlers for decades!Â What a treat to fill my tank and it last me an entire week or more.Â It felt like magic!Â It also was very nice when parking.Â I was able to zip in and out of just about any parking space I wanted.Â Â
I quickly became very familiar and happy with my peppy little Green Bean.Â The fact it originally came from two people I love with all my heart, has made it even more special to me.Â It’s safe to say that I am attached to my little putt putt car.Â I don’t know if I could ever drive a large car again.Â Â
Last week I took Green Bean for several repairs, and for 4 new tires.Â And I must admit, I have enjoyed driving her so much more knowing she is at her best.Â To me, she is like brand new.Â I couldn’t be happier.Â I guess some would think that rather silly of me.Â Perhaps they’ve never had to be without their own car long enough to realize what a privilege it is.
I know I’m not the first person to be attached to my vehicle.Â Why do we become sentimental over an inanimate object like a car?Â I do believe my love for my car comes from the fact it was given to me by my daughter and her grandfather.Â And at a time in my life that I had not had a car of my own for some time.Â It was a gift that I truly needed and was so very much appreciated.Â Still is.
So, what is your Green Bean?Â I know you have at least one.