Everything was different last year. No snow. Balmy weather. Even Santa, always good-natured, seemed jollier than usual. Perhaps he was anticipating the rare opportunity to deliver gifts on Christmas Eve in his “baby,” a metallic gray Corvette. After all, his baby is rarely driven in inclement weather, never in winter.
As I reviewed Santa’s list that evening, I noticed a critical gift missing, perhaps purchased and misplaced, but definitely missing. That meant I had one more dreaded trip to the store before the night’s festivities could begin. To my surprise, Santa handed me the remote for the Corvette.
I am not Santa. I believe a car’s primary function is to get from point A to point B and back successfully. As previous Corvettes had left me inconveniently stranded, I was hesitant. But then again, it was a generous offer and a different Corvette. Why not? It was Christmas Eve.
I picked up a friend in this sleek, sexy vehicle and, while I’d never admit it to Santa, we acted like teenagers. Opting for the long, winding roads, I accelerated through the curves, my graying hair flying wildly out the open window. Smiling, waving at the turned heads, we made it to the store and back to her house without a hitch. But when I was ready to leave, the remote would not unlock the car. In the blackness of night, I was stranded. Again.
The following stocking-stuffer hints are designed for anyone married to “a car guy.”
Copyright © 2017 Mary McKSchmidt
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