We’re all quite familiar with that famous quote. I have no idea who first spoke those words but when Chris spoke them the other night, they rang so true in my heart. Life happens and people and possessions go their separate ways due to one reason or another. But sometimes if you’re blessed they’ll come back into your life.
Chris had rotator cuff surgery in mid November and the Dr. said it would be a 6 to 7 month recovery with no use of his manual wheelchair. We knew that our living situation wasn’t going to work for the immediate future and the distant future was an unknown… and we wouldn’t think that far ahead. Accessible housing in Los Angeles is few and far between. I swear that unless you live in an apartment building (aka high rise) you have to deal with at the very least two steps. Our rental in Silver Lake had 5 steps and our driveway was a big hill. Yes I know totally inaccessible to begin with!!
So we moved further east into a more accessible house that would accommodate and merge both households. What an absolute blessing that has been the past seven months! Alannah, JD and Julian have the upstairs part of the house and mom, Chris and I are downstairs. We have family time in the shared common living areas and we have two backyards and a lovely front yard for Julian to play with. So the move was definitely a huge leap forward for us. I count my blessings every morning (over coffee).
Shortly after surgery, I began to wonder if perhaps we also needed to rethink our transportation. Breaking down the wheelchair into 3 pieces, helping Chris get in to the passenger seat and wrangling Julian into the back car seat of my VW Beetle Convertible (aka Penelope) was nothing short of a reality show pilot. So amidst a sea of tears on the 4th of December, 2016 I made the big girl decision to trade in my beloved Penelope for the more practical Mazda CX9 and we named her Whole Lotta Rosie. The Mazda CX Touring Edition is an absolutely AMAZING SUV… and as much as I fell in love with Rosie and all that she brought to our family (trips to IKEA), navigation, luxe comfort, warehouse grocery store runs, piling the entire family in for a round trip road trek to Vegas for Cracker Barrel, my heart still ached for Penelope. We made so many memories in that car – from the moment Carlos at VW drove her off the transporter all covered in white paper, she tugged at my heart strings.
Penelope gave me wings and I felt free. There was nothing like putting the top down, cranking up the tunes and cruising down PCH. ABSOLUTE FREEDOM and it was so good for the heart and soul. As much as I love being there for everyone, I also needed to take care of me and that was something I had neglected the past several months. Even if it was a quick trip through Griffith Park, Penelope always recharged me.
Fast forward seven months and I get a letter from VW inquiring as to what my plans were for my car. I quickly called them and explained that I had traded it in. I searched in my paperwork and couldn’t find anything to show the trade. Oops! I panicked and called the Mazda dealership. After some investigating on their end, turns out they didn’t take a trade on the VW but the manager at the time, had paid off the remaining lease payments and parked the car. Parked MY car. Nobody parks Penelope!!! Of course they neglected to inform either my sales guy or me about this so both of us were a bit shocked.
We made an appointment at a local VW dealership to bring in Penelope for the lease close out. When we got there and I saw her I was totally overcome by emotion. I mean HOLY FUCK!!! I called Carlos at New Century VW who’s always taken care of me. He said to bring her in… The fabulous staff at New Century VW and VW Finance worked hard to make the deal happen so we could bring our girl home.
Three days later I sit here in my house, with my family surrounding me but now my family is complete. Penelope has her spot in the front of the house… ready for Chris to get back behind the wheel and I’ll get the privilege of cruising down PCH once again with my girl.
Thank you Carlos (and New Century VW) for helping me bring my girl home!! And a special thank you to Chris for once again, making all my dreams come true. I love you!!
If you love something, set it free… if it comes back it’s YOURS!!