Mike bought a new vehicle over the weekend. I surmise it was time. His car at 12 years old was no longer aging well. It had a myriad of problems that when viewed individually were minor irritations, but when viewed collectively signaled a system on the brink of failure. Indeed, as the dealership who sold him the car basically said when they gave him a trade-in value – the car was destined for salvage.
Mike had no problem saying goodbye to his old car that had proven to be tried and true despite its later-in-life challenges. He said hello to a low mileage, bright and shiny, 2012 truck. So enamored is he with the truck that his car is already a distant memory.
To be fair, his eye had been wandering for awhile. At first it was a glance or a comment in passing. After I purchased the Kia a few months back his focus on moving on to a newer model was intensified. It was that focus that allowed him to happen upon a great deal online at a local dealership. It was the seemingly never-ending winter indoors and a man underfoot that caused me to urge him to go check it out in-person.
Well, we all know how that goes. Once you have the fever and you allow yourself the indulgence of looking at other vehicles it is only a matter of time. And so it went – out with the old and in with the new. Or as I like to think of it – out with the paid-off and in with another monthly payment.
Mike is happy as a clam and I am gratified that I no longer need to worry about when his former car would expire. I guess there is a price for everything. It had to happen eventually and I surmise all the stars aligned.
Here is the thing though – I can’t help but draw a parallel though from this experience to that of a relationship that starts to wane. It is the same progression to be sure. I feel sorry for the tried and true that is replaced by the bright and shiny. Our love and appreciation for people can dissipate over time in the same way that our love for a vehicle does. Old partners, like old vehicles, can seem disposable. They cannot hold a candle to the new and exciting and they are cast aside with little thought.
I know – it is just a car and I am over-thinking the parallel. But the parable remains and I think it is worth noting. There is always something brighter and shinier in the lot, but there is a price for that. Vehicles are destined to come and go no matter the affection you may have for them at the outset. Take note of what we know from purchasing vehicles, the bright and shiny always fades (hopefully, not until after the payments are done) and what is left – if you are lucky – is the tried and true.
Day one thousand three hundred and two of the new forty – obla di obla da