Standing in the Cold



Standing here in the cold, getting so much snow, freezing! I can’t wait to go again, move, go somewhere and do something! Get this cold feeling out of me while running around.

I wish I had a home like some other lucky ones that have a roof to spend the winter; a roof to protect myself from this blowing snow and wind that always get the best of me. Summer is fine and even that the sun can be really harsh sometimes at least doesn’t get me paralyzed like cold does.

There are times when I get myself lost in my memories of the times when I was young and stronger. Those times when I used to shine in the presence of others, older than me, and thinking that the whole world was waiting for me to see. Those younger years, how wonderful times!

Now I’m old and don’t get much attention and I know, they are mostly waiting for me to die and then get rid of me once and for all. How easily they forget! How many times they needed me and were dependant on me.

I am deteriorating, I know; maybe another winter, maybe not. Everything inside me is dying, I can feel it! Then I’ll be gone.

The kids, I remember, they were so happy to spend time with me, now they have grown and gone; they have their lives, kids of their own.

So what is the meaning of life? To be used when needed and discarded when old? Forgotten, like an old blanket worn out by time. And what is so special about me? Would someone be interested in me at this advanced age?  Wanting to take care and make me young and strong again? Would I get to be loved again for who I am and not for what I can do for others? Am I so special for someone to say “don’t let him die”?

I guess is the way things are for an old family car like me!


(The actual owner of the car)

P.S. Old, battered car for sale!

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8 Responses to Standing in the Cold

  1. Kelvin Kao says:

    Wow. So when they said don’t write ads, just tell stories, this is what they meant. ;)
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    Raul Ojeda Reply:

    Hi Kelvin,

    I didn’t know about that, but I guess it might work: “Save this poor car! Take it to a good home with caring people”

    Although I’m not selling any car right now, thanks for the tip in case the situation arises :)

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  2. Marion says:

    Phew Raul

    Small panic when I started to read this. Had the New Year totally depressed you? What made you feel so unloved?

    Wow – great relief when I got to the end and discovered it was the car. (Sorry Car :( !)

    I have been giving my car a blanket at night to stop the diesel freezing and after reading your post I may even head out and give it a gentle pat down to get the road salt off.

    Marion :-)
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    Raul Ojeda Reply:

    Hi Marion,

    No depression, but rather a little sarcasm (just following my new year’s resolution!). Although, there is people who do tend to forget about their cars.

    Lately, because of the holidays, many bloggers talk about love, and I, being a squared, machine lover, include cars among those who could use a little love, not only this time but all year round. But I’m glad you were relieved by the end of the post :)


    P.S. Please send my regards to your vehicle :)
    Raul Ojeda´s last post ..Standing in the Cold

  3. Sara says:

    Raul — Such a great story and then you end with the notice about a “car for sale.” I’ve been feeling very much like this car lately and so, I might be a tad bit over sensitive. I like your addition in your comment to Kelvin that it says the car “needs a good home.”

    Okay, don’t think I’m crazy,but this story reminded me of “Black Beauty,” which the story about a horse. It was written about a time when horses were like cars and used for transportation.

    So, I suppose if Anna Sewell can write her story about a horse’s struggles with aging; you can write one about a car struggling with aging:~)
    Sara´s last post ..Patch of Blue

    Raul Ojeda Reply:

    Hi Sara,

    If you are feeling like this car lately, I hope is just the winter blues, and soon you’ll be back to the happiness reflected in your posts.

    Sometimes we get attached to material things, which I believe can be something good, when it doesn’t become an obsession.

    Thanks for stopping by :)

    Raul Ojeda´s last post ..Standing in the Cold

  4. Hi Raul,

    I almost expected a “gotcha” at the end of the post since it reminded me of how many old people are forgotten in the same way.

    Years ago I read how we should send our vehicles good vibes and treat them with respect. I didn’t think much of that until later when I would see some people with older cars that stilled purred like a kitten (and they treated them well), and others who had new cars with nothing but problems (and they were constantly cursing what a lemon they had).

    Happy New Year Raul. I hope you have a fabulous year.
    Barbara Swafford´s last post ..Finding Your Blogging Voice

    Raul Ojeda Reply:

    Hi Barbara,

    It really seems that some people have “angel” for cars, just like some others have with plants and flowers. Maybe it is something we still don’t know about.

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