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The Right Thing

To think I almost gave away my car because I thought someone else could use it more than I could.

That was before I lost my job 27 months ago.

My brother was in a bad wreck and was without a working car. It was nearing the cold part of the year. My relatives were worrying me about his condition because he wasn’t coming to church like usual. He had even started sleeping at work - a truckstop - because he couldn’t get home. And I was in the market for another car.

Somebody once told me to be careful about giving away what you have, because it may be that you’ll need it yourself. In this case, it turns out they were right, but I still think that’s an awful attitude. Maybe I’m way too old to be so naive and idealistic, but I’d like to think that if I ever found myself without transportation that somehow somebody like me would help me out.

Better yet, maybe I could walk to where I needed to be. Cars are a huge expense, after all. But in Oklahoma they are kind of a necessity still.

Well, long story short, it turned out to be providence that I didn’t buy a new car, even though I’d still like to have one. I really don’t need the car payment draining my savings any more than it’s already being drained right now, though.

My brother eventually got back on his feet; he fixed up mother’s old car and I suppose by now he’s gotten a settlement on his accident. In the meantime, I’ve still got my old Corolla, now 15 years old & held together with duct tape since I can’t spend money on maintenance like I used to, but it’s a very forgiving vehicle and I’m very grateful to have it now.

One day, when I’m back on my feet myself, I’d like to give my old car away to a person who needs a ride, or to a charity where it’d be auctioned for some good, because I still believe giving to those who are in need, especially if I have something somebody else could use. For me, it’s just the right thing to do.

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