Life’s Reflections: End is near for our five-year-old ride


Well, it’s time to say goodbye to my 2004 Chrysler Sebring. She was a great vehicle, of course, until the years started passing us by.

I bought her on July 3, 2019, with 119,000 miles and, as of this date, it has 200,000-plus miles.

How did that happen? I don’t travel out of state usually and not even too much in the state of any distance. Maybe I just overdid it somehow. But I have to remember, I usually drive since some of my passengers can’t.

It was supposed to be my retirement car. And, we loved it. It wasn’t that bad of a vehicle until a rod (don’t ask me what it’s called) broke when I was in Greenville one afternoon and had to have it towed to my mechanic in another too.

Then, more recently, it seemed like it was one thing after another. My mechanic told me at one visit that she (the Sebring) was on her “deathbed.” He may not have said it that way but it felt like it to me.

I knew he was right, yet still hated to give it up. He is the one who also worked on my PT Cruiser, which preceded the Sebring. And, that vehicle was just as special to me.
I will reveal the gender in next week’s column, because as of today I am getting all of the financial work done in order to complete the transition of ownership. Hopefully, that will get done by noon or so.

I want to thank all of those who are making this happen. Now, this will be my retirement car if it holds up for me and I’m sure it will. I’m still semi-retired though, so I don’t know if that counts or not.

I prayed a lot about it, believe it or not, my wish is ready to be realized.

I test-drove it this week, and fell in love with it, all the while hating to let go of my Sebring.

I know I will probably have to get used to some of the features while making the transition.

That’s a little scary, but I will work hard on it.

I will share more next week.

Jamie and I extend our condolences to the families and friends of Linda Best, Robert Sprowl, Jenny Condon and Jerry L. Batten Sr.

Seeking prayers for these people: Charlyee Severance, Justin Fritz, Lisa Lockhart, Renee Kreitzer McGhee, Jeremy “Jerm” Burke, Mike Hopkins, DeWayne Yohey, Katrina Hoening, Kent Snyder, (cousin) Carol Byrd, Kinley Bernard, Kathy Burke, Gladys Neff, Kara Didier, Carl Francis, Craig “Cheese” Thompson, Bridget Brown, Don DeBord, Otis Stewart, Chris Clark, Kyle Kaiser, Tina Ruble Ullery, Slug Midlam, Bob Peters, Phyllis Brumbaugh, Judy Collins, Linda Gasper, Carol Hemmerich, Stephanie Klingshirn, Brenda Schlechty, Betty Burnfield, Dan Lockhart, Roberta Hall, Pam Norman-Penticuff, Kelly Kelch, Mike Mayse, Steve Waymire, Jamie Knick, Nikole Baldridge, Chester Bryant, Lester Beisner, Delores Beisner, Kermit Foureman, Chuck “C.W.” Cruze, Mark Lovejoy.

Also, Judy York, Donald Booker, Dennis Leeper, Connie Stachler, Randy Heck, Ronnie Norton, Gary Eichler, David Pretzman, Clinton Randall, Ralph Byrd, Doug Winger, Sonja and Dan Coppess, Bruce Kaiser, Amanda Mote, Paul Gigandet, Doug Whittington, Tracy Pratt, John Rimmer, Joan Keen, Larry P. Fitzwater, Jim Thomas, Neal Gray, Judie Hathaway, Randy Garrison, Kathy Gragorace, Becky Everhart, Donna Bixler, Cathy Melling, Scott Clark, and all others who are suffering from other life-altering illnesses.

Happy birthday to:
June 13 to Sharon Selanders, Layna Best, Rex Kendall, Michael Werts, Teresa Neal, Ted Riegel, Scott Kaiser, Tiffany Meckes Dickey, Kathy Fleming, Jerrolyn Burk, Darrell Gower, Rex Kendall, Michael Wert and Teresa Neal.
June 14 to Julie Singer, Lisa Ralston, Megan Mosler, Connie Yohey, Scott Drew, Julie Singer, Megan Johnson, Brian Jones and Lisa Ralston.
June 15 to Debbie Cline Lee, Janet Helmer, Larry Yohey, April Billenstein, Pam Widener, Charlie Dickey, Julia Yohey and Ryan Berry.
June 16 to Bob Klosterman, Greg Metzcar and Pete Fullenkamp.
June 17 to Jerica Thwaits Stafford, Rocky Harrison and Bill Gahret.
June 18 to Joyce Walters, Marcia Dakin, Kristin Doyle, Richard Gillette, Kim Merritt, Jackie Stonebraker, Harold Marker, Ted Adkins, Vi Gilbert, Hugh Linebaugh, Mike Rhoades, Ted Strait and Jennifer Knick.
June 19 to Enrrique Hernandez, Amy Walls, Tom Butts, Jennifer Billenstein, Larry Woodbury, Sam Wilker, Dawn Dohme and Allison Reed.

Happy anniversary to Nate and Betty Burnfield and Norman and Deloris Miller, all on June 13; and Keith and Rikki Holton and Troy and Janet Kammer, all on June 14; Bob and Deb Guthrie and Rhonda and Pat Williams, all on June 15; and Bob and Kathy Wagner, Cyril and Deb Hiestand and Terry and Tammy Curtis, all on June 16.

Think about it: “He deserves paradise who makes his companions laugh.” — Author Unknown