An Ode to my Volkswagen

The nights were so much longer then. We’d sail down the barren streets with the windows rolled down and the music turned up as far as it could go.

In truth, the music had to be turned up as far as it could go in order to drown out the sound of the engine, and the windows had to be rolled down or else the cabin of the van would start to fill up with exhaust. And maybe sailing isn’t quite the right word. It was more like a crawl, which may actually have been why the nights seemed to last so long.

It was love at first sight between me and the Volkswagen. At least on my end it was. Of all my earthly possessions, that van is what I love best.

Nothing could top the exhilaration I felt as I made my way around town behind its wheel. I beamed with pride at every stoplight. I glowed each time someone brought it up.

I decked it out with cow-print seat covers and painted the ceiling to look like the sky. I even spent a whole $200 on having a new CD player and speakers installed. Of course the CD player is pretty much obsolete now, but that is besides the point.

Right now the van sits in a lonely shop waiting…. Waiting for the day I have the engine converted to an electric beast and we roam the streets, together, once more.


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