I’ll let Joy tell the story this car played early in our relationship. In these pictures my Dodge Charger was parked in the driveway at my folk’s farm.
One evening, Jon called to ask if he could stop by for a little while. I was pretty excited since I’d worked very hard to get his attention. I thought I’d blown it because I hadn’t received an over enthusiastic response. Then the call came and tall handsome redhead arrived in his brand-new to him car. That day, his dad had gone with him to buy a car and they found the perfect one for Jon; a 1970 Dodge Charger 500, metal-flake blue, with a white landau roof, and leather interior. The engine made a powerful “blub, blub, blub” sound and there was a cool guy and a cool car in my driveway! If I was lucky, that might mean he thought I was cool too and that would be well – you know – way cool.
When you’re seventeen, that’s as good as it gets.
I guess we started more than a relationship in the driveway that night – we started a ritual that survives to this day.
In the early days, our dates involved getting a bite to eat and then riding in that car all over the place. We didn’t need to speed and really got more attention when Jon drove slow. It seemed people like the opportunity to look at his always stellar looking car.
These days the riding continues. Now, Jon drives an older Buick Park Avenue. Sitting in gray leather seats (with the company of our dogs Sophie & Tucker) we ride, eat, drink coffee, listen to music or books on tape, and talk.
Eventually, Jon sold his Charger to pay for college. but I know there are days he wishes he was still driving it around the countryside, windows down, music playing, and the best part of all – with me beside him! At fifty-nine, he’s still cool, and for me, being with him is still as good as it gets.
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