Sunday, July 25, 2010

Car Show According to Marilyn

This is another post on my best friend, Marilyn. I've introduced her in other posts. Our friendship has been steady for over 50 years. We talk on the phone nearly every day.

One Sunday, when Marilyn's kids were little, she and her husband decided to take their kids to a car show.

On the drive into Minneapolis, their car began sputtering and was in peril. They pulled into a service station, where they were told the car problem could be fixed but it would take at least an hour. Having no other choice, they went into the small cafe to wait for their car.

Behind the service station, the kids discovered a grave yard of old wrecked cars. The time passed quickly for them as they climbed in and out of old cars, pretending driving and could even play with an old bus. The one hour, of course, stretched into 2 hours, then three hours before Marilyn's car was repaired.

Marilyn and her husband decided it was too late to drive to the car show but didn't know how to tell the kids. What a disappointment it would be to them.

They had nearly arrived back home and were about to tell the kids how sorry they were for not being able to go to the car show, when her son said with animated enthusiasm, "Thanks for that fun time at the car show. It was the best time I've ever had. " Marilyn's girls chimed in too. "Yeah, that car show was so much fun. Can we go there again?"

Kids. It's like, "There's got to be a pony in all this horse manure."

Car shows. Shiny sleek models of the latest in cars. Look at the glitz and glamour and what car company can out-feature the others.



  1. That just shows how wonderfully fabulous and innocent children are. Wonderful post!

    xo Erin

  2. Good evening my friend. I wanted to tell you that I have an award for you on my blog. See what happens when you come to visit and follow me, I get to meet you, enjoy your blog and give you a gift.
    Take care and have a blessed week.

  3. Lovely story, Manzanita.It reminds of kids I've known who had more fun playing with the boxes that their big expensive toys came in. I love watching and hearing kids at play with their imagination.

  4. Children are amazing. They find the wondrous in the mundane, beauty in a box rather than what's inside and with each morning there's new possibility and excitement. We (universally) could take a lesson from such wonderful beings!

    On a side note; how wonderful that you speak with your friend on a daily basis. I've often noted how difficult it is to make true friends as we get older.


  5. Not everything that glitters is gold. A kid's innate and untarnished spirit can recognized that without even being cognizant of it.

  6. Always the same - the less you tell them the better ;)

  7. What a cute story! Those kids didn't even realize they were making lemonade out of lemons.
    How wonderful to have such a close friend for so many years. I have had a close friend for 24 years; we do not talk often any more just too much craziness in both our lives but when we do get the chance, it is like picking up right where we left off!
    Have a great week..