Wednesday, September 7, 2016

THE JEEP

The Jeep or the junky jeep as my dad called it was where he claimed to live since I was eight until I found out what "sleeping in the car" actually meant. 

Junky Jeep with lots of junk in it.
Junky, was what the car became after he put junk in the Jeep.
Junk was the cars signature and my dad's way of living.
A car filled with work, hobbies, and food.
Sticky windows, a run down heating system, and a gasoline-fueled heart that failed in the middle of the runway. 

Every Saturday my sister and I saw my dad.
Saturday was funday- a day to spend with my dad and friend. 
His car was a huge part of our Saturday's. As my sister and I said hello, all the junk got moved back to make two spots. One for my sister and one for me. 

The Junky Jeep took us everywhere on Saturday. 
We'd drive to Costco, Goodwill, garage sales, Safari Sam's, and other entertaining places.  
The car held thousands of our conversations, jokes, and memories. 
One of my favorite memories being on a summer day with the sunroof open and all of us car dancing and singing along to Party Rock Anthem while the music played loudly. A rare memory since the radio was always off to make room for conversation. 

After all the fun, we would say our goodbyes. 

If you looked at us from afar you would see a mother waiting for her children, a father giving hugs to his daughters, and two little girls with sad brown eyes saying goodbye to their daddy.

From within the hearing range, was a mother saying hello quickly, a dad joking about how much he hated to sleep in his car, and two little girls imagining their poor daddy sleeping in his car. 

I believed my dad slept in his car for years

Until one day when I found out that "sleeping in his car" actually meant he was staying
in another house with another lady that was not my mother. 

31 comments:

  1. ....wow.

    This is so well written, and really punched me straight in the heart. So beautiful, yet so hard to read, and even harder to live through, I'm sure. Much love for you <3

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    1. All very true. Thank you for reading Grace!

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  2. This is very powerful, vanessa -- great writing. <3

    Sophia xx
    A Lantern In Her Hand
    The Inkpot Girl

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  3. This is so very heart wrenching and powerful....
    You are a great writer<3

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    1. I'm working on it! Really liking me some poetry!

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  4. Powerful. It's funny how poetry can tell a story so easily, which would otherwise be nearly impossible in prose.

    ~Ella

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    1. WELL SAID! That is why I am really getting into it!

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  5. so powerful-- I am touched that you shared these pieces of your heart with us <3
    -Vivian

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    1. Only because I trust this blogger community and the people who read my blog like yourself!

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  6. This was better than all the poems I've been analyzing in english class... at first, it was a lovely little poem, but it then became something much bigger with much more meaning.Pow.

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    1. It escalated a little didn't it? Thank you! That really does mean a lot to me!

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  7. Wow this is really something. Beautifully written and definitely stirred my emotions!

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    1. Thank you so much! I am glad I can touch your soul in that way!

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  8. Hey Vanessa! I nominated you for the Ultimate Writer Tag on my blog, Spreading My Joy here: https://spreadingmyjoy.blogspot.com/2016/09/the-ultimate-writer-tag.html

    With love and all joy,
    Allie D.
    www.alliesblogdesigns.blogspot.com
    www.friendlovesatalltimes.blogspot.com
    www.sincerelyallied.blogspot.com
    www.spreadingmyjoy.blogspot.com

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  9. Oof I love how hard that hit. So well written.
    Hugs,
    Steph
    strictlystephanie.blogspot.com

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  10. Ohh! That last paragraph. Wow. I'll just echo everyone else, by saying this was so well-written and powerful, Vanessa. Thinking of how hard that realization must have been for you, admiring your courage in sharing, and sending hugs,

    Jessica xx

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    1. Thank you! This is a beautiful comment thank you for reading and putting everyone's thoughts into one.

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  11. Very good and very true. I love it so much! :)

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  12. Oh Nessa this is beautiful! <3 Love goes to you as that is a hard situation I'm sure. <3 But thank you for being brave and writing about it. I also love the way you have put your memories into words! <3 You describe it all SO WELL! I feel like a total bystander! Also, Jeep's are awesome. :)

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