Woops. Rewind. Car? Oh…just a minute, I have to turn off the buzzer and jot down a note about…sheesh, I forgot it already…it was that kind of day. When I finally got outside he was standing by this beautiful, sleek, sexy white pearly car in my driveway. “Where is it?” I asked. “This is it.” What?
Now the car he was standing beside was not at all what I expected. At first I thought it was the car that had come to drive him back to Miami. But, no, this one was mine. Wow. He spent the next 30 minutes telling me all the things I needed to know so as not to crash and burn it, and drove it around with him to the cul-de-sac to prove my driver’s license wasn’t a fluke. Then he was gone. My KIA for a week.
The thing was, that was a Thursday, and Friday evening came before I knew It and except for a drop-off to the pre-school, and a trip to the bank, it was just a car. Pretty. But just transportation.
Then Saturday morning I drug myself out of bed to go to the gym. Picked up my keys in the kitchen, went to the front door, and, unexpectedly, there was that sexy white car. I forgot about it overnight. By the time I got to the clubhouse I was really checking it out. The leather. The sun roof – two sun roofs, actually. The cool dashboard. The way the seat wrapped around me like great workout clothes. I was getting excited.
“Baby, get Kai up. Get dressed. Get something to eat, we are going to have a KIA Adventure Weekend.” I hung up before he could say, “What?” I was planning our Adventure.
Palm Beach Zoo. Palm Beach waterfront (they have these amazing humongous trees that Kai insisted on climbing). Lion Country Safari (the lions didn’t care what I was driving, but the spooky hidden loudspeaker said, “Lady get back into your car before the Lions come out.”) See the sunset from the Lake Worth Pier – ok, that one was not too original as it turned out, the line of cars trying to get in wasted half an hour.
We drove down the inter-coastal windows down, sunroofs open, trying every SIRIUS RADIO station that suited our fancy, singing along with the amazing sound like we were auditioning for American Idol – you know the feeling, right? You’ve done that too, right?
It just didn’t make sense to leave the car, so as it got dark we went to one of those old fashioned fast food places where they come out to the car to take your order, then deliver it to you by hanging a tray on the window…hadn’t done that like in forever. Kai was asleep by time we got home. We all went in, happy, tired, and exhausted.
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by Laura Gontchar