Ode to our old car

We bought a "new" vehicle last week. We reached the point where it no longer made financial sense to own a car 17 years old with over 230,000 miles driven when we're not mechanics. So we've upgraded to 1999 Toyota RAV4, only 11 years old. Great mileage and in good shape.

We're all pleased to be riding high after years of car driving (we even have a sun roof - how exciting) but the kids and I thought our (t)rusty white Honda Accord deserved a farewell poem, it is National Poetry Month afterall. So we composed this poem together, a collaborative writing project.

Our car is white and such as sight,
bumbling its way down the road.
Dripping and leaking
bumping and squeaking
and scaring many a toad.

This car's been swell
though the fender fell,
many a mile it has seen.
Up and down, round and round
oh the places you've been.
You've served us well but... farewell

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  • Amanda

    Amanda on April 17, 2010, 10:22 p.m.

    Congratulations, and I love your poem! Although my husband does most of the work on our cars, he couldn't fix the rust holes in the important part of my car, so last year we upgraded to a 10 year old vehicle! It's pretty comfy! Enjoy your new ride!


  • Cori

    Cori on April 17, 2010, 11:30 p.m.

    I remember getting a new car as a kid and it was so overwhelming to ride in a new space. Your comfy old spot can mean so much even if you're squished! Love the poem :-)


  • nicola@which name?

    nicola@which name? on April 19, 2010, 3:40 a.m.

    congratulations! i bet you guys were attached to the last car. we name all our cars and hondas, well, they do last forever. it is funny that you share this, because we have been looking for a new car for a long time now. 3 years actually, but these days, i think of you often as we look, because we are looking at vans and i do know how you despise upsizing. (it pains me a bit as well.) the truth is we very very frequently outnumber the seats in our car. that is what happens with family in the area and my doing childcare. we have decided (since my brother's truck bit the dust and he wants to buy our car) that the time has come. nicola


    • renee

      renee on April 19, 2010, 1:15 p.m.

      Ack! not the minivan!  A family's gotta do what they've gotta do...

      We actually weren't too attached to our car. The only "thing" I'm really attached to is my camera. The car got us from A to B and ran well. But it's starting to rust out, real bad and just fall apart. However, I am starting to get attached to this new "car". I feel so sporty!


  • Megan

    Megan on April 19, 2010, 11:42 a.m.

    Aw, memories! That reminds me of bidding farewell to our various family chariots when I was a kiddo. We named them, and composed poems or songs when they eventually wore out (literally, we drove them until they wore out--my favorite was a '74 Plymouth Scamp complete with vinyl seats).

    Congrats on the new ride! We're also thinking of a Rav 4 for our next car; is seems roomy enough for baby, future pets, and all of daddy's triathlon junk when we travel. :)


    • renee

      renee on April 19, 2010, 1:17 p.m.

      It's actually only roomier in the feet area and head space vs. our old car. (which is good for the kids as their legs keep growing). Trunk space is the same as a car, but differently shaped and I think it's a tinier bit narrow in the girth and definitely shorter in length. I like it!


  • Naomi Kilbreth

    Naomi Kilbreth on April 19, 2010, 3:57 p.m.

    It's funny how "sporty" we can feel in a used car when we are thankful for less! Used cars are great! Congrats on your new one, and a thumbs up for the poem! It makes me chuckle about my own cars :0)


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