Bought A Car Today
Hi everyone. No, I didn't really buy a car today, but I think how we treat cars may say something about our relationships.
In fact, I'm considering a project with the working title "Parables for Relating". Would you be willing to comment?
Read the parable here, and comment on its usefulness and insights for relating. Thanks.
Bought a Car Today
Bought a new car today
Sleek, trendy, a real head-turner
My friend expressed his envy
I rev the engine
Makes me alive.
Took the car for a spin today
Muscled past slower models on the road
Damn I look good behind the wheel
Cruising and smiling
People pausing to look
The check engine light came on today
Ruined my commute
A guy in my building said it’s nothing, and I’m prone to agree
The red signal went off later
Guess I’m in the clear.
Heard a rattle under the hood today
Nothing the stereo couldn’t drown out
Nor strangers hear as I pass
The paint job still glimmers
The whitewalls shine
Took the car to the shop today
Mechanic said low on oil
I told him the car was new
Still needs attention he said
Got the oil changed
Running better now
This best not be a pattern
The check fluids indicator lit up today
Doesn’t this car know I have a life?
Hate taking it to the shop
And that rattle’s back.
Bought a new car today
Bright cherry red.
Questions: What meaning(s) do you take from the parable? How readily did you connect with the parable? Do you think this form of writing has merit for learning about relationships? You can note in "comments." Thanks.
9/27/2019 11:38:44 pm
I don't understand anymore where these thoughts are leading but maybe I am just tired. Maybe I have been wanting to be somewhere for so long that I forgot already how to live comfortably even in the absence of that trip. You see when I usually visit a place, I don't really stay there. I just spend a day, sometimes a night, then I leave. I go back to what I technically consider home for the moment. Even so, in my thirty six years here on Earth, I still haven't found a place I can call home. I guess maybe there are instances where home is a person and not a place.
5/20/2021 04:56:10 am
I think it has to deal with taking care of yourself, and not letting things slide as we are so wont to do. Ever since I have become a heart patient, my senses are on alert. Lightheadedness this week had me in ER and the checked me for stroke. Nothing. Visit primary today. That symptom may be gone, but it would be Covid.
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Bill Strom, Author
I am a believer by faith, a professor by vocation, a husband by choice, a father by blessing, and a friend by hanging out. Along the way I have learned about close relating through my experiences, biblical models, and social science research. Hopefully my ideas and encouragement show up here in ways meaningful to you.